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J Assoc Physicians India. 1992 Jun;40(6):390-1.

Prevalence of hepatitis surface antigen among rural population of Loni area in Ahmednagar district of Western Maharashtra.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Rural Medical College & Hospital, Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra State.


Three hundred and fifty three subjects among the rural population of Loni area admitted in the hospital, and 188 medical staff members working in the Rural Medical College and Hospital, Loni, were screened for the presence of HBsAg. Reveresed passive haemagglutination assay was used for screening; it showed an HBsAg positivity rate of 21.8% and 15.8% among hepatitis and non hepatitis cases respectively, and 1.2%, 0% and 4.2% among medical students, doctors and nursing staff respectively. A high HBsAg positivity rate has been observed in the rural population of Loni area.

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