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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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RAMIREZ-SOTO, Max Carlos; HUICHI-ATAMARI, Milagros; AGUILAR-ANCORI, Elsa Gladys  and  PEZO-OCHOA, Justo Darwin. Seroprevalence of viral hepatitis B in university students in Abancay, Perú. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2011, vol.28, n.3, pp.513-517. ISSN 1726-4634.

To determine the prevalence of serological markers of viral hepatitis B in university students of the city of Abancay, we performed a cross-sectional study on 240 students from three universities, from January to October 2010. Informed consent was requested to every student, an epidemiological record was filled, and a venous blood sample was drawn to determine the presence of HBsAg, total anti - HBcAg, anti - HBe, HBeAg and IgM Anti - HBc by ELISA. A prevalence of 2.5% (six positive samples) was found for HBsAg and of 28.3% (68 positive samples) for anti - HbcAg antibodies. The male sex was associated with the presence of anti - HBcAg (OR = 2.0, 95% CI, 1.2 to 3.6). We did not found HBeAg or IgM anti - HBc, however, the 6 HBsAg carriers were anti - HBe positive. In conclusion hepatitis B infection is still a public health problem in Abancay, with a significant prevalence in university students

Keywords : Seroepidemiologic Studies; Hepatitis B; Students; Abancay; Peru.

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