Epidemiological study of Hepatitis B surface antigen in pregnant women in Zahedan

AUTHORS

Batool Sharifi-Mood 1 , * , Fatemeh kaikha 2 , Esmail Sanei-Moghadam 3 , Masoud Salehi 1 , Roya Alavi-Naini 1 , Maliheh Metanat 1 , R Khademi 4

1 Tropical and Infectious Diseases Dept, Faculty of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and health services, Zahedan, Iran.

2 Obstetrics and Gynecology Dept, Faculty of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences and health services, Zahedan, Iran.

3 South eastern Center of Blood transfusion Organization, Zahedan, Iran.

4 Ghods Hospital, Zahedan, Iran.

How to Cite: Sharifi-Mood B , kaikha F, Sanei-Moghadam E, Salehi M, Alavi-Naini R , et al. Epidemiological study of Hepatitis B surface antigen in pregnant women in Zahedan, Zahedan J Res Med Sci. 2005 ; 7(2):e94961.

ARTICLE INFORMATION

Zahedan Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: 7 (2); e94961
Published Online: June 11, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: November 18, 2004
Accepted: May 30, 2005
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Abstract

Background: Pregnant women who are infected with hepatitis B virus، can infect their children.
The risk that newborn infant will develop hepatitis B is 10 to 90%.The aim of this study was to
determine the prevalence of HBsAg in pregnant women in Zahedan.
Methods and Materials: In this cross sectional study in a time period of one month in Zahedan a
total cases of 200 pregnant women were enrolled in our study. The sera obtained from these
pregnant women were measured by ELISA method for HBsAg.
Results: Our data showed that 6.5% of the pregnant women had a positive test for HBsAg.
Conclusions: In summary, it seems that hepatitis B infection is highly endemic at least in
pregnant women in Zahedan. On the basis of this epidemiologic data, screening of all pregnant
women is necessary.

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