Epidemiology and Infection

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

A. CEYLAN a1, M. ERTEM a1c1, E. ILCIN a1 and T. OZEKINCI a2
a1 Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey
a2 Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Dicle University, Diyarbakir, Turkey

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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.

(Accepted March 5 2003)

c1 Author for correspondence.