Hepatitis a infections among food handlers in the United States, 1993–2011

Umid M. Sharapov, Karine Kentenyants, Justina Groeger, Henry Roberts, Scott D. Holmberg, Melissa G. Collier

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We reviewed news reports of hepatitis A virus (HAV)-infected food handlers in the United States from 1993 to 2011 using the LexisNexis® search engine. Using U.S. news reports, we identified 192 HAV-infected food handlers who worked while infectious; of these HAV-infected individuals, 34 (18%) transmitted HAV to restaurant patrons. News reports of HAV-infected food handlers declined from 1993 to 2011. This analysis suggests that universal childhood vaccination contributed to the decrease in reports of HAV-infected food handlers, but mandatory vaccination of this group is unlikely to be cost-effective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-29
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Health Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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