Comparative hepatitis A seroepidemiology in 10 European countries

S. Kurkela, R. Pebody, G. Kafatos, N. Andrews, C. Barbara, B. Bruzzone, D. Butur, S. Caplinskas, I. Davidkin, A. Hatzakis, W. Hellenbrand, L. M. Hesketh, A. Nardone, V. Nemecek, A. Pistol, Z. Sobotova, R. Vranckx, C. G. Anastassopoulou

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Abstract

The WHO recommends hepatitis A virus (HAV) immunization according to level of transmission and disease burden. We aimed to identify susceptible age groups by standardized serosurveys to inform HAV vaccination policy in participating countries: Belgium, Czech Republic, England, Finland, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Romania, and Slovakia. Each country tested national serum banks (n=1854-6748), collected during 1996-2004, for anti-HAV antibodies. Local laboratory results were standardized to common units. Forty-one per cent of those aged

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2172-2181
Number of pages10
JournalEpidemiology and Infection
Volume140
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Europe
  • hepatitis A
  • hepatitis A antibodies
  • incidence
  • serology
  • vaccination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Epidemiology

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Kurkela, S., Pebody, R., Kafatos, G., Andrews, N., Barbara, C., Bruzzone, B., ... Anastassopoulou, C. G. (2012). Comparative hepatitis A seroepidemiology in 10 European countries. Epidemiology and Infection, 140(12), 2172-2181. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0950268812000015