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  1. Hepatitis A in a Chinese urban population : The spectrum of social and behavioural risk factors.

    Article - En anglais


    Viral hepatitis is a major public health problem in China.

    Hepatitis A infections represent a substantial proportion of these, particularly in urban centres.

    Little is known about the social and behavioural factors in the urban household environment that influence the transmission of hepatitis A. Methods.

    We conducted a register-based case-control study to investigate the risk factor patterns for hepatitis A in the general population of the City of Wuhan, in the PR China.

    Cases were selected from district-based health registers.

    One control, matched for sex and age, was identified from the case's neighbourhood.

    Home-based interviews combined with household observation were performed to obtain information on social, behavioural and economic risk factors and the household's indoor and outdoor environment.

    Analysis included conditional logistic regression.


    Hepatitis A infection was associated with a variety of social and household-related factors, like handwashing habits (after working in the garden : adjusted odds ratio [OR]=8.24,95% confidence interval [CI] : 1.5-44.2, before food preparation : OR=4.68,95% CI : 1.8-12.0 ; before eating : OR=4.92,95% CI : 1.5-15.7), and the source of fresh vegetables (OR=3.90,95% CI : 1.6-9.8).

    Hygiene in the kitchen and the household surroundings and the disposal of children's stools in vegetable gardens or refuse pits were significantly associated in the univariate analysis only. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Hépatite virale A, Virose, Infection, Statut socioéconomique, Comportement social, Facteur risque, Homme, Epidémiologie, Chine, Asie, Zone urbaine, Appareil digestif pathologie, Foie pathologie

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Viral hepatitis A, Viral disease, Infection, Socioeconomic status, Social behavior, Risk factor, Human, Epidemiology, China, Asia, Urban area, Digestive diseases, Hepatic disease

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0080510

    Code Inist : 002B05C02G. Création : 21/05/1997.