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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 80-84

Seroprevalence of hepatitis E in healthy adults attending a tertiary care centre in Central Kerala

1 Department of Microbiology, P K Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Ottapalam, Kerala, India
2 Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
3 Department of Microbiology, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India

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Dr. K G Chithira
Department of Microbiology, P K Das Institute of Medical Sciences, Vaniamkulam, Ottapalam - 679 522, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jacm.jacm_33_19

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BACKGROUND: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is emerging globally as a leading cause of an acute and generally self-limited hepatitis but is associated with a higher mortality, especially during pregnancy. AIM: The purpose of this study was to estimate the seroprevalence of hepatitis E infection among adults with no previous history of jaundice/liver disease, in a tertiary care centre at Thrissur. STUDY SETTING AND DESIGN: Hospital based cross sectional study was carried out in Government Medical College, Thrissur. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Anti-HEV IgG was detected by using commercially available enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. RESULT: The seroprevalence of HEV among blood donors and antenatal was approximately 1.2%. CONCLUSION: HEV is less prevalent in this region. The low seropositivity among healthy adults shows an increased susceptibility to HEV infection. Since there is an increase in migrantsfrom high endemic area, screening for HEV in adult population especially pregnant females is desirable.

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