A survey for antibodies to Lassa virus among health workers in Nigeria

M. D. Bajani, O. Tomori, P. E. Rollin, T. O. Harry, N. D. Bukbuk, L. Wilson, J. E. Childs, C. J. Peters, Thomas Ksiazek

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Abstract

A study was conducted among 552 health workers at 6 health facilities in Nigeria. Lassa virus immunoglobulin (Ig) G antibody was detected in 12.3%, using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Antibody prevalence in the 6 health centres ranged from 1.2% to 27.3%. Prevalences were higher in primary and secondary health facilities than in tertiary centres. Seroprevalences ranged from 1.7% to 23.7% among different occupational groups of health workers; the highest observed antibody prevalence was among ward aids. Lassa virus IgM antibody, indicating recent infection, was present in 6 of the health workers, 5 of whom were ward aids and one was a nurse. All of the health workers with specific IgM came from a single facility in Lafia, sampled during an outbreak of Lassa fever.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)379-381
Number of pages3
JournalTransactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume91
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Lassa virus
Nigeria
Antibodies
Health Facilities
Health
Immunoglobulin M
Lassa Fever
Occupational Groups
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Occupational Health
Disease Outbreaks
Immunoglobulin G
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay
Nurses
Surveys and Questionnaires
Infection

Keywords

  • Health workers
  • Lassa fever
  • Nigeria
  • Seroprevalence

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  • Parasitology
  • Medicine(all)

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A survey for antibodies to Lassa virus among health workers in Nigeria. / Bajani, M. D.; Tomori, O.; Rollin, P. E.; Harry, T. O.; Bukbuk, N. D.; Wilson, L.; Childs, J. E.; Peters, C. J.; Ksiazek, Thomas.

In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 91, No. 4, 1997, p. 379-381.

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Bajani, MD, Tomori, O, Rollin, PE, Harry, TO, Bukbuk, ND, Wilson, L, Childs, JE, Peters, CJ & Ksiazek, T 1997, 'A survey for antibodies to Lassa virus among health workers in Nigeria', Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, vol. 91, no. 4, pp. 379-381. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0035-9203(97)90247-9
Bajani, M. D. ; Tomori, O. ; Rollin, P. E. ; Harry, T. O. ; Bukbuk, N. D. ; Wilson, L. ; Childs, J. E. ; Peters, C. J. ; Ksiazek, Thomas. / A survey for antibodies to Lassa virus among health workers in Nigeria. In: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 1997 ; Vol. 91, No. 4. pp. 379-381.
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