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An outbreak of hepatitis A among injecting drug users

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dc.contributor.author O'Donovan, Diarmuid
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-14T19:01:43Z
dc.date.available 2012-03-14T19:01:43Z
dc.date.issued 2001-11
dc.identifier.citation O'Donovan, D., Cooke, R., Joce, R., Eastbury, A., Waite, J, & Stene-Johansen, K. (2001). An outbreak of hepatitis A among injecting drug users. Epidemiology & Infection, 127:469-473 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 14694409
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2604
dc.description.abstract This descriptive study investigated an outbreak of hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection among injecting drug users (IDUs) and their contacts. Twenty-seven cases of acute HAV infection were identified in a 5-month period. Connections with the local injecting drug using (IDU) population were established for 25 of the cases of whom 14 admitted to injecting drug use. HAV RNA genotyping revealed two HAV variants, closely related to variants found in Scandinavian IDUs and in South East Asia. The study demonstrates that once HAV enters the IDU population extensive outbreaks are possible. We recommend that all IDUs should be tested for HAV and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infections and offered combined hepatitis A and B vaccines if non-immune. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Hepatitis A virus en_US
dc.subject Injecting drug users en_US
dc.subject School of Health Sciences en_US
dc.title An outbreak of hepatitis A among injecting drug users en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.local.publishedsource http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/7DS0950268801006185 en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.funder Eastbourne and County Healthcare NHS Trust (Sussex, UK) en_US

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