Figueroa, J. Peter; Carpenter, H.; Hospedales, Carl J.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Community Health and Psychiatry
A survey of hepatitis B among health workers in Jamaica.
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
One thousand, five hundred and thirty-seven health staff, presenting for hepatitis B vaccination in Jamaica, were surveyed in 1990/91 for hepatitis B markers and/or expose to blood or hepatitis. Antibodies to either hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or hepatitis B core (HBc) were found in 19.8 percent of 817 persons tested. The effect of age and years of service appears to be largely independent (r=0.44). The survey reaffirms the importance of health workers being immunized with hepatitis B vaccine, and adhering rigorously to universal precautions in patient care and laboratory practice .....