Epidemiology of Hepatitis B Infection in Institutionalized Mentally Retarded Clients

Lohiya, Sunita; Lohiya, Ghanshyam; Caires, Shirley
July 1986
American Journal of Public Health;Jul1986, Vol. 76 Issue 7, p799
Academic Journal
Abstract: In 1,149 clients of an institution for the mentally retarded, the prevalences of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and hepatitis B virus markers were 12 per ¢ and 66 per ¢, respectively. HBsAg prevalence was higher in males, Down syndrome, ambulatory, and older clients, and those with longer institutionalization. Serum alanine aminotransferase levels were abnormal in 31 per ¢ of HBsAg positive and 10 per ¢ of HBsAg-negative clients.


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