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Document ID (ISN)59162
CIS number 92-2056
ISSN - Serial title 0030-0632 - Boletín de la Oficina Sanitaria Panamericana
Year 1990
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Choc de Zanalda B., Manterola A.C., Díaz Lestrem M., Frider B., Zocchi G.A., Fainboim H., Clua G.I., Amor E.
Title Prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) in Buenos Aires hospital personnel
Original title Prevalencia del anticuerpo contra el antígeno central del virus de la hepatitis B (anti-HBc) en personal hospitalario de Buenos Aires [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Jan. 1990, Vol.108, No.1, p.16-26. 34 ref.
Abstract A group of 1,479 employees in various hospitals in Buenos Aires (Argentina) were tested for antibodies to hepatitis B core antigen, in order to identify those who should be vaccinated against this disease. 85.5% of them were working in services where the risk of infection was high. The results showed that 85.0% of the individuals did not have anti-HBc and thus were considered candidates for vaccination. The antibody was present in 15.0% of the workers. The prevalence of anti-HBc increased with age and with length of service, and it was greater in laboratory technicians, nurses and those in high-risk services. A total of 23 carriers of hepatitis B surface antigen (AgHBs) were identified. It is argued that the high prevalence of anti-HBc in laboratory technicians, nurses and nurses' aides might justify their systematic vaccination. Summary in English.
Descriptors (primary) Argentina; vaccination; hospitals; infectious hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) nursing personnel; laboratory work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceArgentina
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Health care services
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)