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Title: Seroprevalence of hepatitis B and C among barbers and their clients in the Rabat region of Morocco
Authors: Belbacha, I.
Cherkaoui, I.
Akrim, M.
Dooley, K.E.
El Aouad, R.
Issue Date: 2011
Language: English
Abstract: A cross-sectional seroepidemiological study was conducted in the Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer region of Morocco in 2007 among 267 barbers and 529 clients, all men with no history of hepatitis B [HBV] vaccination. The overall prevalence of HBV seropositivity was 28.1% in barbers and 25.1% in clients; 1.9% and 1.7% respectively had active HBV [HBsAg positive]. Risk factors for HBV included older age, low educational level, urban living, being married, history of transfusion, lack of current heterosexual relationship and liver-associated symptoms. Observations showed that HBV seropositivity was lower in clean barbershops and those using alum as an antispetic. The rate of PCR-confirmed hepatitis C virus [HCV] was only 1.1% and 1.3% in barbers and clients respectively, and was associated with increased age, drug use, history of surgery and symptoms of liver disease. Less than 1% of barbers were aware of HBV or HCV as causative agents of liver disease or jaundice
Description: 911-919
Keywords: Hepatitis C
Prevalence
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Barbering
Cross-Sectional Studies
Risk Factors
Questionnaires
Subject: Hepatitis B
URI: http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118221
ISSN: 1020-3397
Other Identifiers: http://applications.emro.who.int/emhj/V17/12/17_12_2011_0911_0919.pdf
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