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HBV markers (HBsAg, HBSAb, HBCAb in 160 medical students at Kenyatta National Hospital.

Authors
  • Lule, G N
  • Okoth, F
  • Ogutu, E O
  • Mwai, S J
Type
Published Article
Journal
East African Medical Journal
Publisher
African Journals Online
Publication Date
May 01, 1989
Volume
66
Issue
5
Pages
315–318
Identifiers
PMID: 2791927
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

In an exercise to study the immunogenicity and reactogenicity of the Engerix B vaccine, 160 medical students were screened for Hepatitis B Markers (HBsAg, HBsAb and HBcAb) with a view to vaccinating those that were negative. 18% were HBsAg + ve, 33% were HBsAb + ve and 38% were positive for the HBcAb. These figures were extremely high and obviated the need to vaccinate the students as they begin their clinical years.

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