Evaluation of Seroprevelance of Viral Hepatitis C among Dentists in College of Dentistry\Baghdad University

Batool Hassan Al-Ghurabi, Suha Talal Abd, Vean Sabah Ali Al-Azawy, Zainab A. aldhaher


Background: Dentists have a raised occurrence of hepatitis C virus contamination consequently of contact to patient's blood and fluid of the body is still controversial.

Aims of Study: The principle aim of this study was to conclude the incidence or prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection among dentists in College of Dentistry\ Baghdad University.

Materials and methods: The study included 70 Iraqi dentists who worked at College of Dentistry in Baghdad University. Contributors filled out a planned questionnaire concerning demographic and work-related features. Venous blood was examined for presence of HCV antibodies by HCV rapid test as recommended in leaflet with kit.

Results: The present study indicate that the prevalence of HCV antibodies among dentists was 0/70 (0.0%), no dentist was HCV seropositive. Dentists routinely used gloves (98.5%), gown (92.8%), and mask (85.7%).

Conclusion: the prevalence of HCV infection among dentists in Iraq is low, and it seems that dentists who usually adhere to basic infection control measures are not at an increased risk for HCV.

Key words: Hepatitis, seroprevalence, dentists

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