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Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz
ISSN: 1678-8060
EISSN: 1678-8060
Vol. 97, No. 2, 2002, pp. 203-204
Bioline Code: oc02038
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Vol. 97, No. 2, 2002, pp. 203-204

 en SHORT COMMUNICATION - Viral Hepatitis Markers in Antepartum and Postpartum Women in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Lia Laura Lewis-Ximenez; Ana Maria Coimbra Gaspar; Antonio Carlos Cavalieri D'Oro; Luiz Antonio Chilelli Mercadante; Cleber Ferreira Ginuino & Clara Fumiko Tachibana Yoshida

Abstract

A seroprevalence study was carried out among a group of women in Rio de Janeiro to determine the prevalence of different markers for viral hepatitis given the limited data among healthy populations. Blood samples collected and tested from 874 women before or after delivery in a public county maternity hospital demonstrated age to be directly related to markers for hepatitis A virus and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The prevalence of HBV and hepatitis C virus infection were lower than that observed in the blood donor population and might be explained by the younger age group and gender.

Keywords
seroprevalence - pregnant women - hepatitis - Rio de Janeiro - Brazil

 
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