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Document ID (ISN)72946
CIS number 99-1007
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 1998
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Brugha R., Heptonstall J., Farrington P., Andren S., Perry K., Parry J.
Title Risk of hepatitis A infection in sewage workers
Bibliographic information Aug. 1998, Vol.55, No.8, p.567-569. 12 ref.
Internet access 99-1007.pdf [in English]
Abstract In a study of 241 workers in a large water and sewerage company, frequent occupational exposure to raw sewage was a significant risk factor for hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection, independently of other known risk factors. Workers who are likely to be at risk of frequent exposure should have their immunity ensured. The salivary assay for IgG and anti-HAV described in the study is highly specific and would be suitable for prevaccination testing of older workers, who are more likely to be immune. Topics: antibodies; biological hazards; cross-sectional study; determination in blood; determination in saliva; infectious hepatitis; non-occupational factors; sewage treatment; vaccination; work in sewers.
Descriptors (primary) infectious hepatitis; work in sewers; sewage treatment; biological hazards
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; determination in saliva; determination in blood; cross-sectional study; vaccination; antibodies
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Confined spaces
Liver diseases
Biological hazards
Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)