A STUDY OF HEPATITIS B IN THE CANADIAN FORCES

Authors
  1. Embil, J.A.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN);Dalhousie Univ, Halifax NS (CAN)
Abstract
The study was established to determine the incidence of Hepatitis B core antibody in CF recruits undergoing training at CFB Cornwallis as well as the risk of acquiring Hepatitis B infection during recruit training. The results indicated an incidence of previous exposure, as evidenced by antibodies to the Hepatitis B core antigen, of approximately 4.3% among the 1851 recuits tested. Evidence was obtained for a total of 15 seroconversions from negative to positive among 1374 paired specimens. Such conversions may be related to the transmission of the disease at the recuit school but may also be a reflection of pre-existing subclinical infections since antibodies to this virus are slow to develop. The extremely low rate of seroconversion and the absence of clinical reports of Hepatitis-like illness among the population, indicated that universal immunization of recruits is not warranted.
Report Number
CRS-47/85 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Jan 1983
Number of Pages
15
DSTKIM No
85-01553
CANDIS No
46365
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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