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Title: Serosurvey of hepatitis B surface antigen in pregnant Saudi women
Authors: Khalil, M.K.M.
Al Mazrou, Y.Y.
Al Jeffri, M.
Al Ghamdi, Y.S.
Mishkhas, A.
Bakhsh, M.
Eisa, M.
Nageeb, M.
Tumsah, S.
Issue Date: 2005
Language: English
Abstract: In 1990, Saudi Arabia began vaccinating all children at school entry against hepatitis B. We evaluated hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] prevalence rate among pregnant Saudi women 12 years later in 5 regions of the country. Using multistage sampling, 2664 pregnant Saudi women were recruited. Blood samples were tested for HBsAg; positive samples were also tested for hepatitis Be antigen [HBeAg]. In all 2.44% were positive for HBsAg and 4 [0.15%] were also positive for HBeAg. HBsAg prevalence was highest in Gizan [4.2%] and lowest in Tabuk [1.4%]. Positivity for women < or = 20 years of age was 0.5% compared with 2.6% for older women [P = 0.049]. The overall HBsAg prevalence rate was lower than previously reported
Description: 640-647
Keywords: Age Distribution
Blood Transfusion
Carrier State
Cross-Sectional Studies
Hepatitis B Surface Antigens
Subject: Hepatitis B
ISSN: 1020-3397
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