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

Ceylan A., Ertem M., Ilcin E., Ozekinci T.

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, vol.131, no.1, pp.753-756, 2003 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 131 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Doi Number: 10.1017/s0950268803008719
  • Page Numbers: pp.753-756


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.