Studies on hepatitis B surface antigen and antibody in Nauru. II. Distribution amongst Gilbert and Ellice (Tuvalu) islanders

I. D. Gust, M. Dimitrakakis, F. Bott, P. Zimmet

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The age-specific prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibody was studied in a random sample of Gilbert and Ellice islanders over the age of 10 years living in Nauru. While approximately 82% of each group showed evidence of past infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) the carriage rate of HBsAg was significantly lower in the Polynesian Ellice islanders (7.5%) than in the Micronesian Gilbertese (26.3%) and indigenous Nauruans (14.7%). These findings suggest that Micronesian and Polynesia populations may differ in the response to infection with HBV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1206-1209
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1978
Externally publishedYes

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