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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 135-136

HBV carriage rate in resident doctors

Department of Microbiology, Government Medical college, Aurangabad 431 001

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AS Damle
Department of Microbiology, Government Medical college, Aurangabad 431 001

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ABSTRACT: The present study was aimed to assess hepatitis B virus (HBV) carriage in 156 resident doctors. Three hundred and forty three voluntary blood donors acted as control. The carriage of HBV was assessed by testing for hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAG) by an enzyme immuno-assay (EIA). The carriage rate (6.42 percent) in residents was significantly higher than that in control group. Residents working in surgical units showed a high HBV carriage. The high carriage suggests an additional risk of acquiring patient care in the study group. The study highlights the need to vaccinate health care workers (HCW) with hepatitis B vaccine and strict adherence to the biosafety measures.

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