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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 6, Issue:9, September, 2017

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2017.6(9): 755-757

Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Virus among Patients at a Tertiary Care Centre in North Karnataka, India
Shilpa K. Gokale, Suresh B. Sonth* and Shivakumar S. Solabannavar
Department of Microbiology, S N Medical College, Navanagar, Bagalkot, Karnataka 587103, India
*Corresponding author

Infection with the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) is a global health problem. Epidemiological studies worldwide show wide variations in the prevalence patterns of the Hepatitis B infections. Early detection can contribute substantially to the timely diagnosis of the patients with acute illnesses and to an early treatment and hence, it can limit the transmission of the infection. The aim of the study was to determine seroprevalence of hepatitis B infection among different age and sex groups. The study was conducted in the Department of Microbiology of a tertiary care hospital, HSK Hospital. Bagalkot, North Karnataka during the period 2016 – 2017. Out of 3604 sera which were studied, 96 (2.66%) were sero-positive cases. Among the positive cases (96), the seroprevalence in males and females were 72% (69) and 28% (27) respectively and the frequency of HBV among age groups 0-20, 21-40, 41-60, >60 was 2% (2), 41% (40), 33% (32),23% (22) respectively. Among the positive cases, a majority were in the age group of 21 to 40 years, with a male preponderance (p<0.05). The results of the present study hint at the importance of presenting integrated information and educational programs among these target groups, for preventing and controlling HBV transmission.

Keywords: HBV infection, Risk factors, HBsAg detection, Seroprevalence.

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Shilpa K. Gokale, Suresh B. Sonth and Shivakumar S. Solabannavar. 2017. Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Virus among Patients at a Tertiary Care Centre in North KarnatakaInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 6(9): 755-757. doi:
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