OF HEPATITIS B IN PERSON WHO APPLIED AUTOPSY OR STUDIED WITH AUTOPSY MATERIALS
H, Gurpinar S, Aliustaoglu S, Ince N, Asirdizer M.
3rd Anti-microbic Chemotherapy Days. The Meeting of
Clinical and Laboratory Applications and Innovations, May 16-22, 1997, Kusadası. The Publication of Association of Turkish
Microbiology 31: pp: 373.
The average rate of HBV infection, which was accepted as an
occupational disease by WHO in 1992, is 8% in health care workers. This study was realized in the staff working at the Council
of Forensic Medicine in which multi-purpose autopsies (forensic, pathological, educational) have been done at the period of
January - February 1997. The objectives of the study were to determine the serological status for HBV and also knowledge and
behavioral patterns of the staff regarding the blood-borne diseases. Cross - sectional method was employed. 66.8 % of the
staff was found as immune against HBV, 13.3 % were carriers of HBsAg, 77.8 % of the staff has changed gloves between autopsies
and 33.3 % has regularly used mask. As conclusion, efforts should be devoted to vaccination and universal precaution as well
as training of the staff.
Key words: Hepatitis
B, autopsy, blood-borne diseases.