Jordi Espuñes

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OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to determine the prevalence of antibodies against varicella-zoster virus (VZV) in pregnant women in Catalonia (Spain). SETTING The prevalence of antibodies against VZV was assessed in a representative sample (n = 1522) of pregnant women of Catalonia obtained in 2003. METHOD The sample was obtained including all(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of the risk factors of hepatitis A virus infection (HAV) in a representative sample of a Catalonian population obtained from 1995 to 1996 and the changes in the prevalence of this infection over the period of 1989-1996. SUBJECTS AND METHODS The prevalence of anti-HAV was determined by an(More)
BACKGROUND Seroepidemiologic studies carried out in different European countries have shown the existence of low levels of protection against diphtheria. In this study the prevalence of antidiphtheria antibodies in the adult population of Catalonia, Spain, during 1995 has been studied. PATIENTS AND METHODS The prevalence of the seroprotection against(More)
Hand hygiene (HM) is the single most important measure and effective in reducing the risk of Healthcare acquired infections (IRAS). Although HM is an effective, simple and cheap measure, it is usual to find results of low compliance among health professionals. The main objective of this strategy has been to give new force to the promotion of HM in hospitals(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in a population of pregnant women in Catalonia and the sociodemographic variables and risk factors associated to this prevalence. METHODS A representative sample of the pregnant women in Catalonia (n = 4,551) randomly selected by clusters (hospitals(More)
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