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  1. Hospital laundry workers : an at-risk group for hepatitis A ?

    Article - En anglais

    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.