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The prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis A and B virus was assessed in 3,653 subjects across four regions of Brazil. The anti-HAV and anti-HBc seroprevalence were 64.7% and 7.9%, respectively. The highest anti-HAV (92.8%) and anti-HBc (21.4%) rates were seen in the Northern region. In other regions, anti-HAV seroprevalence over 90% was only reached in the more elderly, indicating an intermediate endemicity and a significantly higher anti-HAV prevalence was seen in the low socioeconomic group between 1-30 years. With respect to anti-HBc seroprevalence an increase was seen in adolescents and there was a significantly higher anti-HBc prevalence in the lower socioeconomic group between 1-20 years. A 3.1% anti-HBc prevalence was seen in one-year-old infants, suggesting a vertical transmission. The major findings of this study indicate that the pre-adolescent and adolescent population in some Brazilian cities are at greatest risk from both hepatitis A and B infection, but for different reasons.

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Journal article


Rev Soc Bras Med Trop

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1 - 10


Adolescent, Adult, Age Distribution, Brazil, Child, Child, Preschool, Female, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis Antibodies, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B Antibodies, Hepatovirus, Humans, Infant, Male, Prevalence, Seroepidemiologic Studies, Sex Distribution, Socioeconomic Factors