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An outbreak of hepatitis A in Southern Italy: the case for vaccinating food handlers.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16318653     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report an outbreak of hepatitis A that occurred in the city of Bari (Apulian region) in June 2002. Overall, 26 cases were observed over a 4-week period. These were traced back to the index case, a food handler who prepared various food products for sale over the counter at a store in the district (OR 5.36, CI 95% 1.58-19.25). Laboratory investigations confirmed that the outbreak was due to a point source and identified a new genotype IB variant. There is a possible indication for administration of hepatitis A vaccine to food handlers, although further evidence of an acceptable cost-benefit ratio needs to be ascertained.
R Prato; P L Lopalco; M Chironna; C Germinario; M Quarto
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-12-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  Epidemiology and infection     Volume:  134     ISSN:  0950-2688     ISO Abbreviation:  Epidemiol. Infect.     Publication Date:  2006 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-27     Completed Date:  2006-08-31     Revised Date:  2013-06-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8703737     Medline TA:  Epidemiol Infect     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  799-802     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Foggia, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Chi-Square Distribution
Contact Tracing
Disease Outbreaks*
Food Handling*
Hepatitis A / epidemiology*,  genetics,  prevention & control,  transmission*
Hepatitis A Vaccines / administration & dosage*
Interviews as Topic
Italy / epidemiology
Population Surveillance
Risk Factors
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hepatitis A Vaccines

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