Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines


A study on the distribution of Hepatitis B and C viral markers in the Weaver’s community of Tamil nadu state, India

Sripriya M, Rajendran P*, Seethalakshmi I, Kannan  M, Ashok G, Karthikeyan M, Selvarani P

1.Department of Microbiology, Karpagam University, Pollachi Main Road, Eachanari, Coimbatore, TamilNadu,India..

2.Department of Microbiology, Sri Ramachandra Medical College, Porur, Chennai,Tamil Nadu, India.

3.Life Teck Research Centre, 60/16, Senthil Andavar Street, Dhanalakshmi Colony,Vadapalani, Chennai-26, Tamil Nadu,India.

4.Department of Biotechnology and Research, KVM College of Engineering &Information Technology, Cherthala, Kerala,India.

5.ManipalVirus Research Laboratory, Manipal, Karnataka State, India.

6.Department of Microbiology, Sivaraj Institute of Medical Sciences, Salem, TamilNadu, India.

7.Department of Microbiology, Govt. Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College, Salem,Tamil Nadu, India.

Article history:Received: 29 June 2012,   revised: 26August 2012, accepted:30 August 2012, Available online:10 October 2012



To study the distribution of Hepatitis B and C viral markers amongthe weavers population from Kanchipuram, Erode and Tiruvannamalai Districts ofTamil Nadu.


Medical camps were organized in three districts (Kanchipuram, Erodeand Tiruvannamalai) based on information about the weavers population who livein these localities. Three hundred and two blood samples were collected non-randomizedand screened for Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and Anti HCV by ELISA.


HBsAg positivity rate of Kanchipuram District was (3.09%), ErodeDistrict (2.04%) and Tiruvannamalai District (1.88%) HCV positivity was observedin one person only in Tiruvannamalai District (0.94%). There was no significantassociation between age, gender and the incidence of HBV and HCV positivity (p≥ 0.05 at 5% confidence).The percentage of HBV (HBsAg) and HCV in the weavercommunity is similar to the general population.

Keywords: HBV, HCV,Weaver community.

For Correspondence:

 E-mail: rajendranparam@hotmail.com,

Phone: 91-044-24725617, 91-9840296616

Hygeia.J.D.Med. Vol.4 (2), Oct. 2012

©2012, Hygeia journal for drugs and medicines, all rights reserved.  2229 3590, 0975 6221 


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