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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:10, October, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(10): 2280-2285

Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Infection among Health Care Workers and the Importance of Anti HBs Testing among the Health Care Workers
Reshmi Gopalakrishnan1* and Srinath Ramamurthy2
1Department of Microbiology, Malabar Medical College Hospital and Research Centre, Modakallur, Calicut, Kerala, India
2Surveillance Medical Officer, Calicut, World Health Organisation, Kerala, India
*Corresponding author

Healthcare workers are at a high risk of occupational exposure to many blood-borne diseases including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C viral infections. Of these, only Hepatitis B infection is vaccine preventable. This study was conducted to determine the seroprevalence of Hepatitis B virus infection and to determine the anti HBs antibody titres among the health care workers. A descriptive cross sectional study was conducted among 52 health care workers of a clinical laboratory. HBsAg detection and anti HBs titre were measured using commercially available ELISA and ELFA kits respectively. Only 34.62% of the participants were completely vaccinated with 3 doses of vaccines and they had attained protective antibody levels of >10 mIU/ml. The remaining participants were either not immune or had low antibody levels of <10 mIU/ml. A significant number of health care workers are unvaccinated suggesting the need for proactive implementation of HBV vaccination programme.

Keywords: Health care workers, Hepatitis B virus, Anti HBs titre, Hepatitis B vaccination.

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Reshmi Gopalakrishnan and Srinath Ramamurthy. 2017. Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Infection among Health Care Workers and the Importance of Anti HBs Testing among the Health Care Workers.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(10): 2280-2285. doi:
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