Research Article, J Liver Disease Transplant Vol: 6 Issue: 1
Prevalence of Hepatitis A Virus Antibodies among Natives in South-Western Region of Nigeria
Adeyemi Adebayo Adebowale1* and Omolade Olabowale Adefolake2
1Department of Hematology, Ben Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University, Nigeria
2Community Medicine and Primary Care, Public Laboratory Unit, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria
*Corresponding Author : Adeyemi Adebayo Adebowale
Department of Hematology, Ben Carson School of Medicine, Babcock University, Ilisan-Remo, Ogun State, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: October 21, 2016 Accepted: March 21, 2017 Published: March 28, 2017
Citation: Adebowale AA, Adefolake OO (2017) Prevalence of Hepatitis A Virus Antibodies among Natives in South-Western Region of Nigeria. J Liver Disease Transplant 6:1. doi: 10.4172/2325-9612.1000149
Background: Hepatitis A is caused by Hepatitis A virus and it is not clinically distinguishable from other types of acute viral hepatitis. Hepatitis A occurs sporadically and epidemically worldwide, it is prevalent in the region of the world with poor sanitation culture and not enough safe drinking water. The intent of this study is to report the sero-prevalence of Hepatitis A virus antibodies in a suburb area in South-West, Nigeria.
Method: Six hundred and sixty six apparently healthy individuals were tested for Hepatitis A virus antibodies using Elisa method.
Result: The prevalence of hepatitis A virus antibodies is 82.3% in the population. Conclusion: Hepatitis A is highly endemic in Nigeria suburb; there is a need for an improved sanitary culture and supply of safe drinking water in our community.