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Evaluation of occupational transmission of hepatitis A virus among wastewater workers.

Authors
Trout D; Mueller C; Venczel L; Krake A
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2000 Jan; 42(1):83-87
NIOSHTIC No.
20020834
Abstract
To provide information concerning potential occupational transmission of hepatitis A virus (HAV) among wastewater workers in a large city in the United States, a cross-sectional survey was performed using a saliva test to detect antibodies to HAV (anti-HAV). Fifty-nine (20%) of 302 participants tested positive for anti-HAV. After controlling for the confounding effects of age and race, wastewater work was not significantly associated with an increase in the prevalence of anti-HAV (prevalence ratio = 1.3; 95% confidence interval 0.7 to 2.4). Additionally, when examining only the wastewater workers, no statistically significant occupational risk factors for anti-HAV were identified. The results of this survey are consistent with the position of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding groups at risk for HAV infection.
Keywords
Waste treatment; Waste disposal; Workers; Worker health; Work environment; Occupational exposure; Health hazards; Diseases; Viral infections; Viral diseases; Risk analysis; Epidemiology; Statistical analysis
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20000101
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
2000
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OH
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