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Evaluation of HBsAg, Anti-HBs and Anti-HCV Positivity and Risk Factors Among Oral and Dental Health Workers in Şanlıurfa

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Author(s): Süda Tekin-Koruk | İbrahim Koruk | Murat Şahin | Fazilet Duygu

Journal: Klimik Journal
ISSN 1301-143X

Volume: 22;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 55;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: Dentistry | HBsAg | anti-HBs | anti-HCV | seropositivity

ABSTRACT
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C virus infections in 113 (37.3%) dentists, 109 (36%) other dental health care workers (nurse, dental laboratory technicians), 60 (19.8%) office staff and 21 (6.9%) cleaning staff making a total of 303 participants working in Sanliurfa city during the period of March 2008-May 2008. Methods: A face to face questionnaire was carried out and HBsAg, anti-HBs and anti-HCV markers were analyzed from blood samples using ELISA technique. Results: The overall rate of HBsAg positivity was 3.6% (n=11), anti-HBs was 63% (n=191) and anti-HCV positivity was 0.3% (n=1). 63.4% (n=192) of the participants had been vaccinated for Hepatitis B at least once. HBsAg seropositivity was found to be higher (p
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