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NCJ Number: 120442 Find in a Library
Title: Seroepidemiology of Hepatitis B in Tennessee Prisoners
Journal: Journal of Infectious Diseases  Volume:150  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1984)  Pages:450-460
Author(s): M D Decker; W K Vaughn; J S Brodie; R H Hutcheson Jr; W Schaffner
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 11
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An 11.7 percent sample of the 6,503 adult male inmates in Tennessee prisons participated in a prevalence serosurvey with the results yielding 0.9 percent possessing hepatitis B surface antigen and 29.5 percent having one or more serum markers for hepatitis B virus (HBV).
Abstract: Of the thirty-two risk factors analyzed for possession of HBV serum markers, the significant factors, in order of importance, were: age, intravenous drug use while not incarcerated, intravenous drug use while incarcerated, race, education, military service history and duration of any imprisonments. Mass immunization of inmates against HBV does not seem warranted due to the small contribution of incarceration to overall risk. At high risk are inmates with long sentences or those who use intravenous drugs in prison. A serological screening and immunization program can be targeted with the logistic model. Tables include information on seroepidemiology of Hepatitis A, 26 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Inmate health care
Index Term(s): Diseases; Male offenders; Tennessee
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