Objective: Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection can cause fatal hepatitis particularly in pregnant women. In this study, it was aimed to investigate the rate of anti HEV IgG seroprevalence in women of childbearing age and whether there are differences in seroprevalence among people living in urban and rural areas or not.
Methods: A total of 158 women volunteers aged 15-49 years living in rural or urban areas were included in this study. Anti-HEV IgG antibodies were performed with enzyme immunoassay method. The obtained data were presented as numbers and percentages and statistically analyzed.
Results: Anti-HAV IgG was detected positive in 41 of the 158 volunteers (25.9%). Anti-HEV IgG was found positive in 25 of the 92 volunteers living in urban areas (27.2%) and in 16 of the 66 volunteers in rural areas (24.2%).
Conclusion: In our city, HEV seroprevalence is above the average in Turkey. We think that epidemiological factors should be investigated and that screening HEV serology can be useful in pregnancy monitoring.
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