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Document ID (ISN)75426
CIS number 00-1459
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Weldon M., VanEgdom M.J., Hendricks K.A., Regner G., Bell B.P., Sehulster L.M.
Title Prevalence of antibody to hepatitis A virus in drinking water workers and wastewater workers in Texas from 1996 to 1997
Bibliographic information Aug. 2000, Vol.42, No.8, p.821-826. 18 ref.
Abstract To determine if wastewater workers had a higher prevalence of antibody to hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV) than drinking-water workers, 359 wastewater and 89 drinking-water workers were evaluated for risk factors by questionnaire and tested for anti-HAV. Anti-HAV positivity was 28.4% for wastewater and 23.6% for drinking-water workers. After adjustment for age, educational attainment and Hispanic ethnicity, the odds ratio for the association between anti-HAV positivity and wastewater industry employment was 2.0. Among wastewater workers, never eating in a lunchroom, ≥8 years in the waste water industry, never wearing face protection, and skin contact with sewage at least once per day were all significantly associated with anti-HAV positivity. Wastewater workers had a higher prevalence of anti-HAV than drinking-water workers, which suggested that wastewater workers may have been at increased risk of occupationally acquired hepatitis A.
Descriptors (primary) Texas; antibodies; work in sewers; hazard evaluation; drinking water; infectious hepatitis
Descriptors (secondary) USA; frequency rates; sewage
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Environmental pollution
Broad subject area(s) Biological hazards
Browse category(ies) Liver diseases
Viral diseases (other than aids)
Confined spaces
Risk evaluation
Bacterial and parasitic diseases