Twenty-two laundry personnel at St.
Luke's Hospital, Malta, were tested for seropositivity to hepatitis A together with 37 nursing aides working in paediatric and infectious disease wards, matched for age, who were used as controls.
IgG antibodies were found in 54.5% of laundry workers and 13.5% of nursing aides [odds ratio (OR)=7.68 ; 95% confidence interval (Cl)=1.87-33.83]. Furthermore, laundry personnel consistently handling dirty linen prior to washing showed an OR of 16.50 (Cl=1.19-825.57) as compared with colleagues handling only clean items.
These results would suggest that the increased exposure of hospital laundry workers to potentially infected linen can constitute a risk of occupational hepatitis A for this group of employees.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hôpital, Milieu hospitalier, Laverie, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Facteur risque, Hépatite virale A, Virose, Infection, Epidémiologie, Malte, Europe, Appareil digestif pathologie, Foie pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospital, Hospital environment, Laundry, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Risk factor, Viral hepatitis A, Viral disease, Infection, Epidemiology, Malta, Europe, Digestive diseases, Hepatic disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0515158
Code Inist : 002B05C02G. Création : 18/05/2000.