A Seroprevalence Survey of Hepatitis B Markers among Haitians in a Southwest Florida Farming Community

Malison, Michael D.; Kane, Mark A.; Johnson, Joyce M.; Schable, Charles A.; Gridley, Melissa J.; Polkowski, Jene
September 1985
American Journal of Public Health;Sep85, Vol. 75 Issue 9, p1094
Academic Journal
Abstract: We determined the seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus markers among 123 Haitian mothers and children in a southwest Florida farming community. Fifty-five per ¢ of mothers had one or more markers including two who were HBsAg positive. Only seven (10 per ¢) children had markers: none were HBsAg positive. Pregnant Haitian women should be screened for HBsAg and infants born to those who are positive should receive immunoprophylaxis. Medical, dental, and laboratory workers caring for Haitian patients should also receive hepatitis B vaccine. (Am J Public Health 1985; 75; 1094-1095.)


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