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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 58-62

Seroprevalence of hepatitis B virus among antenatal attendees at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nigeria


1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria
2 Department of Microbiology, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Benjamin Howe Nongo
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Abuja
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0331-3131.206213

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Background: Pregnant women infected with hepatitis B virus(HBV) can transmit the infection to their fetuses and newborns. Despite the above, screening of antenatal attendees is not yet done as a routine in many Nigerian Hospitals that offer antenatal services, inclusive of University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. Aim: The aim of the study was to determine the seroprevalence of HBV infection among antenatal attendees at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study of 200 consecutive antenatal attendees at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital. Rapid Test; Quick profile™; by Lumiquick Diagnostics: Santa Clara, California, USA, was used. All materials and specimen(plasma) were brought to room temperature. Results: The seroprevalence of HBV among antenatal attendee was 7.0%. Conclusion: The prevalence of HBV among antenatal attendees at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Nigeria, is on the high side. It is hereby recommended that routine screening for hepatitis B surface antigen should be offered to all antenatal clinic attendees.


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