Seroprevalence of Anti-hepatitis A Virus Antibody Among General Population in Babel-Iraq

Abdulrazzaq Neamah Zghair, Dirham Hameed

Abstract


Hepatitis-A virus (HAV) infection represents a major
worldwide public health problem. Though several studies
from IRAQ have provided an assessment of the occurrence
of this viral infection, there exists only insufficient number
of studies which reveal the prominence of this virus in the
over-all Iraqi population. The seroprevalence of anti-HAV
IgG among apparently healthy individuals in Babel was
73.2%. The infection rate was statistically higher in those <
15 year old (P= 0.001) with an odd ratio of 7.6 times more
compared to other age groups. Additionally, the infection
rate among rural population was significantly higher (P=
0.008) with an odd ratio 3.5 times compared to urbans. The
seroprevalence of anti-HAV IgG among cows, sheep and
goats were 22.2%, 18.2% and 21.8% respectively.

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