Increased risk of hepatitis E in sewage workers from India

Vaidya, Sunil R. ; Tilekar, Bipin N. ; Walimbe, Atul M. ; Arankalle, Vidya A. (2003) Increased risk of hepatitis E in sewage workers from India Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 45 (11). pp. 1167-1170. ISSN 1076-2752

Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL:


Considering feco-oral transmission of hepatitis E virus (HEV), the risk of the infection was assessed among sewage workers. On the basis of the close contact with sewage, the participants (n=147) were divided into sewage workers (n=92) and others (n=55); none used personal protective equipment (eg, coveralls, boots, gloves) Age-matched individuals from lower socioeconomic status and without any exposure to sewage were used as controls. IgG-anti-HEV positivity in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay was significantly higher (P < 0.01) among staff members (83/147, 56.5%) than the controls (19%). A significant rise in anti-HEV positivity (P < 0.05) was recorded in sewage workers working for > 5 years. Multivariate regression analysis identified contact with sewage as the independent variable associated with anti-HEV positivity. Strict adherence to good working practices must take top priority for protection of these workers from sewage pathogens.

Item Type:Article
Source:Copyright of this article belongs to Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
ID Code:59826
Deposited On:07 Sep 2011 14:39
Last Modified:07 Sep 2011 14:39

Repository Staff Only: item control page