Epidemiology of hepatitis B virus in non-institutionalized children and adolescents affected by handicap

V. Di Ciommo, F. Ferrario, M. Rossi de Gasperi, C. De Marchis, G. Albertini

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Abstract

The aim of the study is to evaluate the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) markers in a population of non-institutionalized handicapped 1-19-year-old patients. Thirty-six out of 70 patients lived in southern Italy and 19 were affected by Down's syndrome. Only three (4.2%) were positive for anti-HBc (one of these also for anti-HBs) and none for HBsAg. Low prevalence seems to indicate that no particular anti-HBV vaccination strategy is to be considered on this subset of population and on their contacts. Serum prevalence of HBV among nurses and other members of personnel was 11.3%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-299
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Volume37
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Education
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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