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2013, Cilt 43, Sayı 4, Sayfa(lar) 144-148
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The Seropositivity of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV of the Healthcare Workers in Kırıkkale Mouth and Dental Health Center
Havva AVCIKÜÇÜK, Serap SÜZÜK
Kırıkkale Yüksek İhtisas Hastanesi Tıbbi Mikrobiyoloji Laboratuvarı, Kırıkkale
Keywords: Healthcare workers, HBV, HCV, HIV

Objective: Healthcare workers are at risk of infection due to exposure to blood and other body fluids. The purpose of this study was to determine the seropositivity of hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 118 healthcare workers at Kırıkkale Mouth and Dental Health Center in 2012.

Materials and Method: In this study, serum samples of a total of 118 healthcare workers were analyzed by chemiluminescent enzyme immunoassay (Vitros ECİ Q, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics, USA) methods for the presence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), antibody against hepatitis B surface antigen (anti-HBs), HCV antibody (anti-HCV) and HIV antibody (anti-HIV).

Results: HBsAg, anti-HCV and anti-HBs seropositivities were found to be 0.85%, 1.69% and 89.83%, respectively. Two workers with anti-HCV antibody were employed in a job not related to direct patient care. All workers were found to be negative for anti-HIV antibodies.

Conclusion: Healthcare workers with high risk for HBV, HCV, HIV infections should be screened for the prevention of blood-borne diseases. Vaccination against HBV is an effective approach for prevention and standard infection control measures are of great importance for control against other blood-borne pathogens.


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