Hepatitis B exposure in emergency medical personnel. Prevalence of serologic markers and need for immunization.

@article{Kunches1983HepatitisBE,
  title={Hepatitis B exposure in emergency medical personnel. Prevalence of serologic markers and need for immunization.},
  author={L M Kunches and Donald E. Craven and Barbara G. Werner and Lenworth M. Jacobs},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={1983},
  volume={75 2},
  pages={269-72}
}
To assess the occupational risk of hepatitis B infection in emergency medical personnel, a seroepidemiologic survey of 87 emergency medical technicians and paramedics was conducted. Serologic markers indicating exposure to hepatitis B virus were detected in 18 percent. The prevalence of markers was associated with race (p = 0.006), with a relative risk of 3.5 (95 percent confidence interval 1.42 to 8.63) for nonwhites. Seropositivity was not associated with age, sex, previous clinical hepatitis… CONTINUE READING