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Seroprevalence of leptospiral antibodies among healthy municipal service workers in Selangor


Samsudin, Suhailah and Masri, Siti Norbaya and Tengku Jamaluddin, Tengku Zetty Maztura and Saudi, Siti Nor Sakinah and Md Ariffin, Umi Kalsom and Amran, Fairuz and Osman, Malina (2015) Seroprevalence of leptospiral antibodies among healthy municipal service workers in Selangor. Advances in Public Health, 2015. art. no. 208145. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2356-6868; ESSN: 2314-7784


Introduction. Municipal service workers have been found to have an occupational risk of leptospirosis. Study among municipality workers shows high seropositivity of leptospiral antibodies detected among town cleaners and garbage collectors. Objective. Aims of this study were to determine seroprevalence of leptospiral antibodies and distribution of serovars detected in samples among municipal service workers. Methodology. Cross-sectional study involved 89 municipal service workers in Selangor. Blood samples were taken and serological test was done using MAT following standard procedures. Results. Seropositivity of leptospiral antibodies among municipal service workers was 34.8%. Serovars identified were strains of Sarawak, Copenhageni, Hardjobovis, Lai, Bataviae, Patoc, Celledoni, Hardjoprajitno, Tarrasovi, and Pomona. There were 31 workers with positive leptospiral antibodies. All of them were frequently exposed towards leptospirosis. Significant associations have been reported between seropositivity of leptospiral antibodies with job category () and worker’s nationality () among municipal service workers. Conclusion. High seropositivity of leptospiral antibodies detected among municipal service workers which was associated with job category and nationality of workers. The significant findings from this study suggest that health education programs and safe work practice should be considered to prevent leptospirosis among municipal service workers in future.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1155/2015/208145
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Keywords: leptospirosis; Leptospiral antibodies; Healthy municipal service workers; Selangor
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 00:34
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2016 00:34
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