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Title: Seroprevalence of hepatitis A among children of different socioeconomic status in Cairo
Authors: Salama, I.I.
Samy, S.M.
Shaaban, F.A.
Hassanin, A.I.
Abou Ismail, L.A.
Issue Date: 2007
Language: English
Abstract: To determine seroprevalence of anti-hepatitis A virus [HAV] antibodies and potential risk factors for and age of contracting symptomatic hepatitis A infection among children of different socioeconomic status [SES] in Cairo, we carried out a cross-sectional study on 426 children aged 3-18 years from low SES areas and 142 from high SES areas. Seroprevalence was significantly higher with age. Seropositivity to anti-HAV antibodies was significantly higher among children of low and very low SES, 90%, compared to children of high SES, 50%. Water supply and sewage disposal were the most significant risk factors for HAV seropositivity in children of low SES. Children of high SES were more likely to be vulnerable to infection in adolescence than those of low SES
Description: 1256-1264
Keywords: Hepatitis A
Hepatitis A Virus, Human
Child Welfare
Risk Factors
Urban Health
Social Class
Water Supply
Age Distribution
Sex Distribution
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Socioeconomic Factors
Subject: Hepatitis A
ISSN: 1020-3397
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