Seroprevalence of hepatitis A among hospital dietary workers: Implications for screening and immunization

K. Alagappan, Barbara Barnett, A. Napolitano, J. Gressin, C. Auerbach

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Abstract

Hepatitis A is a self-limited, virally mediated infection of the liver. The usual mode of transmission is by the fecal-oral route. Employees of food-service establishments who are infected with the hepititus A virus can transmit the disease when handling food products. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the use of the hepatitis A vaccine among dietary workers who may be at risk for contracting and spreading the disease. Because hepatitis A infection can often be a subclinical disease, the incidence of cases reported is not indicative of its true prevalence. The objective of this study was to document the seroprevalence of hepatitis A among hospital dietary workers. Dietary workers at a suburban hospital were interviewed to determine if they had been exposed to hepatitis A and if they had a history of hepatitis A infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-148
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Quality
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2001
Externally publishedYes

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