Türk Hijyen ve Deneysel Biyoloji Dergisi, vol.66, no.3, pp.101-105, 2009 (Other Refereed National Journals)
Objective: The most common blood-transmitted viruses are hepatitis B virus (HBV),
hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The prevalence of these
viruses varies by nationality and geography. At the study, it was considered that the 129
sanitary workers of Sivas municipality are risk group for the diseases of blood-transmitted
viruses and was aimed to determine the HBV, HCV and HIV seroprevalence.
Method: Blood samples were analyzed in the Sivas Public Health Laboratory. It were
studied HBsAg, anti-HBs, anti HCV and anti HIV by Microparticle Enzyme Immunoassay (Abbott
AxSYM) in sera samples.
Results: It was found that HBsAg was positive in 5 (3.87℅) and anti-HBs was in 45 (34.88%)
individuals. While only one individual was determined as seropositive for anti HCV (0.77%),
no one was found to be seropositive for HIV.
Conclusion: These results suggests that the cleaning workers are not exposed to risk
to HBV, HCV and HIV infections occupationally. It was thought that it would be useful to
train cleaning workers in the name of in-service training and they were vaccinated against
Key Words: Seroprevalence, HBV, HCV, HIV, cleaning workers