Prevalence of and risk factors for HBV infection in a metropolitan Southern Italian area: Evidence for the effectiveness of universal Hepatitis B vaccination.

@article{Morisco2017PrevalenceOA,
  title={Prevalence of and risk factors for HBV infection in a metropolitan Southern Italian area: Evidence for the effectiveness of universal Hepatitis B vaccination.},
  author={Filomena Morisco and Tommaso Stroffolini and Flavia Lucia Lombardo and Maria Guarino and Silvia Camera and Valentina Cossiga and Laura Donnarumma and Ilaria Loperto and Nicola Caporaso},
  journal={Digestive and liver disease : official journal of the Italian Society of Gastroenterology and the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver},
  year={2017},
  volume={49 11},
  pages={
          1257-1261
        }
}
BACKGROUND Available data on HBV prevalence in Italy are outdated and assessed with studies conducted in small towns. We aimed to evaluate prevalence of and risk factors for HBV infection in the metropolitan area of Naples, 24 years after the introduction of mass vaccination campaign against Hepatitis B in Italy. METHODS A random systematic sample of the adult general population of Naples was selected from the register of 3 general practitioners in 3 different socio-economic districts… CONTINUE READING