Are municipal solid waste collectors at increased risk of Hepatitis A Virus infection? A Greek cross-sectional study

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Municipal solid waste collectors are reportedly at risk for Hepatitis A virus infection (HAV) as an occupational hazard. We aimed to investigate the prevalence and possible risk factors of HAV infection among solid waste collectors in a municipality of the broader region of Attica, Greece. A cross-sectional sero-prevalence study was conducted. Fifty (n=50) waste collectors participated in the study (response rate: 95%). The group of municipal waste collectors was compared to a convenient sample of workers not exposed to solid waste (n=83). Municipal solid waste collectors recorded a higher- but not statistically significant- prevalence of anti-HAV(+) in comparison to subjects without occupational exposure to waste (40% vs 34% respectively p=0,4). No significant associations were found between inappropriate work practices and anti- HAV (+). Education was the only factor independently associated with the risk of HAV infection. This study did not corroborate previous reports of an increased prevalence of Hepatitis A Virus infection among municipal solid waste collectors.
  • Author List

  • Rachiotis G; Tsovili E; Papagiannis D; Markaki A; Hadjichristodoulou C
  • Start Page

  • 299
  • End Page

  • 303
  • Volume

  • 24
  • Issue

  • 4