Research Article

HBsAg Seroprevalence of Porter’s Admitted to Public Health Laboratory


  • Raike KALAYCI
  • Harun BALCI
  • Yusuf AKDEMİR
  • Mustafa ALTINDİŞ

Viral Hepat J 2012;18(2):57-59


Hepatitis B infection is one of the major health problems of the world. HBV is mainly transmitted by parenterally and is found most frequently in blood and less frequent in other body fluids such as saliva, semen, sweat, tear and is transmitted by percutaneous. Therefore, for public health, investigation of HBsAg in porters gaining in importance.

Materials and Methods:

HBsAg seroprevalence is researched by microparticul ELISA (Vitros 3600, Ortho-Cli nical Diagnostics) assay in serum samples of porters referred to Ministry of Health Afyonkarahisar Public Health Laboratory during September 2011–March 2012 in this study. Positive serum samples were confirmed by studying a second time with the same kit. Results and datas were evaluated retrospective.


Ages ranging from 18-65, 311 (15.8%) were female of the total 1961 porters included in the study. It is determined that 1096 (56.0%) porters from food, 312 (16.0%) tourism, 83 (4.0%) cleaning industry and 470 (24.0%) from new entrants into the job. Five of them female, 39 (1.9%) HBsAg positive porter determined. HBsAg positive porters determined 32 (82.0%), 4 (10.3%) and 3 (7.7%) in food, cleaning industry and new entrants into the job respectively.


Most epidemiological studies on hepatitis B in our country shows that HBV is transmitted horizontal within the family or community in childhood and youth. Horizontal transmission in community as well as parenteral applications, body fluids such as saliva, sweat, tear to come forward. Therefore, for public health it is important to look HBsAg carrier in porter screening.

Keywords: HBsAg, porter, seroprevalence

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