Frequency of hepatitis A in children and adolescents from five cities of Peru

Authors

  • Roger Hernández Hospital Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Peru.
  • Eduardo Chaparro Hospital Cayetano Heredia. Lima, Peru.
  • Carlos Díaz Hospital EsSalud Iquitos. Iquitos, Peru.
  • Martha Carbajal Hospital Regional Cayetano Heredia. Piura, Peru.
  • Érico Cieza Hospital Regional de Cajamarca. Cajamarca, Peru.
  • Rosario Cerpa Hospital Nacional Edgardo Rebagliati Martins. Lima, Peru.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17843/rpmesp.2015.323.1679

Keywords:

Hepatitis A, Child, Adolescent, Social class

Abstract

In order to determine the frequency of hepatitis A in children and adolescents in the cities of Lima, Arequipa, Piura, Cajamarca and Iquitos, a descriptive cross-sectional study which measured serum anti-hepatitis A antibodies from 1,721 children and adolescents aged 1-15 years was performed. The overall frequency of positive serology was 50.5% (95% CI: 48.1 to 52.9), with lower rates for Lima at 37.4% (95% CI: 35.1 to 39.8) and higher rates for Iquitos at 68.7% (95% CI: 63.6 to 73.4). Seropositivity was higher in the group of 10-15 year-olds with 66.1% and in the socioeconomic status group E with 64.6%. We concluded that the cities studied have a pattern of intermediate endemicity. The frequency of hepatitis A was greater in children and adolescents of lower socioeconomic status and older age.

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Published

2015-09-24

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Brief Report

How to Cite

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Hernández R, Chaparro E, Díaz C, Carbajal M, Cieza Érico, Cerpa R. Frequency of hepatitis A in children and adolescents from five cities of Peru. Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica [Internet]. 2015 Sep. 24 [cited 2024 Jun. 15];32(3):499-503. Available from: https://rpmesp.ins.gob.pe/index.php/rpmesp/article/view/1679

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