Prevalence of antibody to hepatitis B virus in foreign-born hospital employees

Steve B. Kalish*, Brenda Fisher, Carl Bertil Wallemark, Joan S. Chmiel, John P. Phair

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Hepatitis B surface and core antibodies were measured in 512 community hospital employees at increased risk for developing infection with hepatitis B virus. Antibody was detected in 140 (27 percent) participants. Multivariate logistic regression analysis indicated that seropositivity was strongly associated with the prevalence of hepatitis B in an employee's country of birth and with age. These results suggest that reported differences among hospitals in hepatitis B seropositivity may in part be a reflection of the national origin of its employees. These data also indicate that each hospital should assess its own risk for hepatitis B infection and that prevaccination serologic testing is particularly worthwhile in hospitals having large numbers of foreign-born employees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)824-828
Number of pages5
JournalThe American journal of medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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