Seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus antibody in 15–40 year-old Turkish women

Abstract number: 1733_716

Demirdal T., Demirturk N., Toprak D., Aktepe O., Orhan S.

Objectives: Hepatitits E virus (HEV) infection is the major cause of enterically transmitted Non-A Non-B hepatitis in many parts of the world. In this study, which was conducted in Central Anatolia in Turkey, we investigated the seroprevalence of HEV in women between 15 and 40 years of age.

Methods: The study was done in urban and rural areas of Afyonkarahisar province in Turkey. The study design was cross-sectional and people selected randomly in 15–40 years old Turkish women. Samples were tested for anti-HEV IgG by commercial enzyme-linked immunoassay (ELISA) tests.

Results: We tested 1,194 women whose ages were between 15 and 40 years. The overall seroprevalence of hepatitis E was 7.1% (85/1,194). We found 95.5% (81/85) of the low educated people HEV seropositive and the educational level was statistically significant (p < 0.05). According to the salary with HEV seropositivity there was no significant correlation (p > .05). When we compared urban and rural, the distribution of HEV seropositivity was 48.2% and 51.8% respectively.

Conclusion: The prevalence rate of HEV seropositivity differ in various regions of Turkey. Protection from HEV infection, which transmitted faecal–oral route; education, sanitation precautions and environmental hygen must be actually considered.

Session Details

Date: 31/03/2007
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: ICC, Munich, Germany
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