Hepatitis E virus seroepidemiology and its change during 1 year in primary school students in Ankara, Turkey

Maral I., Budakoglu I. I. , Ceyhan M. N. , Atak A., Bumin M. A.

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTION, cilt.16, ss.831-835, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 16 Konu: 7
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2009.02963.x
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.831-835


P>The Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is widespread throughout the world. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the time-related change of antibody levels against Hepatitis E in primary school children. In this cross sectional study, the samples of 515 students were examined at two times. The mean age of the students was 7(6-13) years. The seroprevalences of anti-HEV were 1.7% and 2.1% at the first and second visits respectively. There was no statistically significant differences between anti-HEV seropositivity and the parents' education and employment status (p > 0.05). This serosurvey shows that there is not a high prevalence of enterically transmitted viral hepatitis in Ankara, Turkey, which is a situation similar to developed countries.