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Hepatitis A antibody prevalence among young adults in Israel – the decline continues

  • M. GDALEVICH (a1), I. GROTTO (a1), Y. MANDEL (a1), D. MIMOUNI (a1), J. SHEMER (a1) (a2) and I. ASHKENAZI (a1) (a2)...

Abstract

This study sought to determine whether the decline in prevalence of hepatitis A virus (HAV) antibodies detected in Israel in 1977, 1984, and 1987 has continued. The anti-HAV antibody prevalence of a systematic sample of 578 male and female recruits inducted into the Israel Defence Force in 1996 was 38·4%. The reduction in antibody prevalence from 1977 (64%) was highly significant (P<0·001). There was a smaller decrease rate in recruits of European, North American, Australian and South African origin than from elsewhere. A ‘strategy’ that uses active immunization against hepatitis A (inactivated vaccine, instead of gamma globulin) should be considered, particularly in high risk groups such as field units during military service.

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Author for correspondence: Dr M. Gdalevich, Yahalom 17, Kiriat Ekron, ISRAEL 70500.

Hepatitis A antibody prevalence among young adults in Israel – the decline continues

  • M. GDALEVICH (a1), I. GROTTO (a1), Y. MANDEL (a1), D. MIMOUNI (a1), J. SHEMER (a1) (a2) and I. ASHKENAZI (a1) (a2)...

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