Work-related risk factors for hepatitis B virus infection in personnel of a children's hospital

Ralph Hicks, J. W. Cullen, M. A. Jackson, F. Burry

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Seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus markers was examined in employees participating in patient care at The Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Of 377 workers tested in 1985-86, 36 (9.6%) were seropositive for any marker. Among 285 employees who presumably have only work-related hepatitis B exposure, 14 (4.9%) were seropositive. Age 50 years and older, black race, and education no more than 12 years were associated with seropositivity among workers with work-related exposure. Employees in the clinics, laboratories, emergency room, and operating room had an increased prevalence of hepatitis B markers compared to those in other work locations (8 vs 2%, p <0.05). Traditional risk factors for infection were not predictive of seropositivity. Although the risk of acquiring hepatitis B infection from employment in a children's hospital is low, this study does identify work-related risk factors. Possible reasons for this association are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Pediatrics
Volume28
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

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Virus Diseases
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B virus
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Operating Rooms
Infection
Workplace
Hospital Emergency Service
Patient Care
Education

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Work-related risk factors for hepatitis B virus infection in personnel of a children's hospital. / Hicks, Ralph; Cullen, J. W.; Jackson, M. A.; Burry, F.

In: Clinical Pediatrics, Vol. 28, No. 6, 1989, p. 245-250.

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Hicks, Ralph ; Cullen, J. W. ; Jackson, M. A. ; Burry, F. / Work-related risk factors for hepatitis B virus infection in personnel of a children's hospital. In: Clinical Pediatrics. 1989 ; Vol. 28, No. 6. pp. 245-250.
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