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Document ID (ISN)62897
CIS number 94-1758
ISSN - Serial title 0096-1736 - Journal of Occupational Medicine
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Woodruff B.A., Moyer L.A., O'Rourke K.M., Margolis H.S.
Title Blood exposure and the risk of hepatitis B virus infection in firefighters
Bibliographic information Oct. 1993, Vol.35, No.10, p.1048-1054. 13 ref.
Abstract This survey assessed personal and occupational risk factors among uniformed fire department employees by a self-administered questionnaire and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection status by serological testing. Overall, 46 of 592 employees had past or current HBV infection. Employees reporting blood contact with skin had been infected more often than employees without this exposure. Prevalence of infection did not differ by age, years on the job, or job duties. The adjusted prevalence of HBV infection among male employees was not significantly different from its prevalence in American men.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; biological hazards; infectious hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) exposure evaluation; serological reactions; immunology; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases