Trend in Seroprevalence of Hepatitis B Virus Infection among Blood Donors at a Tertiary Care Centre of Rajasthan, IndiaPoojaba Jadeja, Ashmeet kaur, himanshu shekha.
Background: Hepatitis B is one of the transfusion transmissible infections. The prevalence of this infection varies across the different geographical regions. Noting the trend in seroprevalence of hepatitis B is useful to assist the preventive strategies. The aim of this study was to determine the trend of seroprevalence of hepatitis B in southern Haryana over a five -year period.
Methodology: The study was conducted at the blood bank of a tertiary care hospital serving pre-dominantly the rural population of Rajasthan. A retrospective analysis of blood donors over a period of five years was done to assess the seroprevalence and the trend of hepatitis B infection. ELISA was used to detect the hepatitis B surface antigen in the donors as a marker of infection.
Results: A total of 5670 blood donors were studied. 125 (1.32%) were positive, which comes under the low prevalence (
Key words: blood donors, HbsAg, Seroprevalence, Hepatitis B