Epidemiological aspects on acute viral hepatitis in northern Italy

Scand J Infect Dis. 1982;14(3):161-4. doi: 10.3109/inf.1982.14.issue-3.01.


Incidence and epidemiological features of acute hepatitis types A, B and non-A non-B have been evaluated in 332 consecutive patients hospitalized in Padova, Italy. Hepatitis B was diagnosed in 59% of cases and was frequently related to drug addition, health care work and household contact with HBsAg-positive subjects. Hepatitis A represented 22% of cases and its peak incidence occurred in the second decade. Non-A non-B hepatitis affected 15% of patients including not only transfusion or drug related forms, but also sporadic cases that prevailed among elderly women.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hepatitis A / epidemiology*
  • Hepatitis A / immunology
  • Hepatitis B / epidemiology*
  • Hepatitis B / immunology
  • Hepatitis B Antigens / analysis
  • Hepatitis C / epidemiology*
  • Hepatitis C / immunology
  • Hepatitis, Viral, Human / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Italy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Hepatitis B Antigens