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, vol.16, no.7, pp.831-835, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16 Issue: 7
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/j.1469-0691.2009.02963.x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.831-835
  • Keywords: Hepatitis E, school children, seroepidemiology, seroprevalence, Turkey, INFECTION, EPIDEMIOLOGY, CHILDREN
  • Gazi University Affiliated: Yes


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.