Edition V05N03 | Year 2019 | Editorial Original Article | Pages 29 to 33
Objective: The aim of the present work was to determine the seroprevalence of hepatitis type B and type C in the dentists of Caruaru (Pernambuco, Brazil). Methods: The sample comprised 80 professionals who underwent blood collection for serological tests (HBsAg and anti-HCV) to hepatitis type B and type C, and submitted to an interview about their time of graduation, checking vaccination against hepatitis type B, previous blood transfusion and use of individual protection equipment. Results: In relation to the seroprevalence, two cases of hepatitis type B and one case of hepatitis type C were confirmed, representing a rate of 2,5% and 1,25%, respectively. The average of time of graduation was 17,35 years. Fifty two percent of the professionals re- port biologic material accident. The results showed that 75% had complete hepatitis type B vaccination. Conclusion: It is concluded that dental surgeons in the city of Caruaru presented low prevalence of hepatitis B and C virus infection, and that 1⁄4 of the professionals did not present regular hepatitis B vaccination.