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Epidemiol Infect. 2003 Aug;131(1):753-6.

A special risk group for hepatitis E infection: Turkish agricultural workers who use untreated waste water for irrigation.

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  • 1Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey.

Abstract

Untreated waste water usage in agriculture is an important health-threatening issue which could affect both workers' and the public's health. In this study we researched hepatitis E infection in 46 of 57 farmers who used untreated waste water in agriculture. We compared them with 45 persons of the same socio-economic status and age. Anti-HEV seropositivity was 34.8% in the workers and 4.4% in the control group. We suggest that this type of irrigation is an important potential risk for hepatitis E infection.

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