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Difference in prevalence of hepatitis B markers in children born either in Sweden or in Turkey of Assyrian immigrants.

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Source
Scand J Infect Dis. 1985;17(2):147-50
Publication Type
Article
Date
1985
Author
E. Bäck
D. Danielsson
B O Lundqvist
Source
Scand J Infect Dis. 1985;17(2):147-50
Date
1985
Language
English
Publication Type
Article
Keywords
Adolescent
Child
Comparative Study
Epidemiologic Methods
Hepatitis B - epidemiology - immunology
Hepatitis B Antibodies - isolation & purification
Hepatitis B Surface Antigens - isolation & purification
Hepatitis B e Antigens - isolation & purification
Humans
Middle East - ethnology
Risk
Sweden
Turkey - ethnology
Abstract
Sera from 95 children below 20 years of age born to Assyrian immigrants were tested for markers for hepatitis B virus (HBV). HBV markers were found in 26% of the study population. However, no markers were demonstrated in children born in Sweden. Of the 62 children born in Turkey or the Middle East 39% had HBV markers and 4 (6.5%) had HBsAg. Three of the 4 HBsAg+ children had anti-HBe and 1 HBeAg. These results suggest that the transmission of HB in Assyrians may be mainly horizontal rather than vertical. Children of Assyrian immigrants born in Sweden do not seem to constitute a risk group for transmission of HB, whereas those born in Turkey or the Middle East constitute the same risk as reported in a general population of Turks.
PubMed ID
4023634 View in PubMed
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