Age-specific prevalence of hepatitis a virus antibody in Thailand

Donald S. Burke, Rapin Snttbhan, David E. Johnson, Robert Mcn Scott

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Abstract

Burke, D. S., R. Snitbhan, D. E. Johnson and R. McN. Scott (AFRIMS, APO San Francisco 96346). Age-specific prevalence of hepatitis A virus antibody In Thailand. Am J Epidemiol 1981; 113: 245-9.Serum specimens drawn at random from three geographically defined populations of healthy Thais were tested for antibody to the hepatitis A virus (anti-HAV) by radlolmmunoassay. A total of 746 specimens were tested. The age by which 50 per cent were antibody positive was 4-5 years for residents of an urban Bangkok housing project, 8-9 years for rural villagers, and 10-11 years for urban Bangkok government school pupils. Overall, specimens from 97 per cent of Thal adults 16 years of age or older were anti-HAV positive. These data suggest widespread distribution of HAV in Thailand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-249
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of epidemiology
Volume113
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1981

Keywords

  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis A virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology

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