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Hepatitis B infections in the Arsi region of Ethiopia

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In a sample of inhabitants of the Arsi region of Ethiopia prevalence of hepatitis B is around 80% in the age group 20–24. In addition to age, sex and size of family, exposure to tribal practices is a determinant of seropositivity in this group accounting for as much as 20'% of the total burden of the infection.

Waiting for a mass vaccination campaign, presently unrealistic in this area of the world, health education, as part of a comprehensive primary health care program, has to be considered as a potentially effective preventive tool.

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Pasquini, P., Bisanti, L., Soldo, L. et al. Hepatitis B infections in the Arsi region of Ethiopia. Eur J Epidemiol 4, 310–313 (1988).

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