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Seroprevalence of Leptospira antibody among health municipal service personnel in Selangor

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Abstract: Introduce the occupational risk of leptospirosis among municipal service personnel. Studies on municipal workers showed that Leptospira antibody sera detected in urban cleaners and garbage collectors were highly positive. Objective the aim of this study was to determine the seroprevalence of Leptospira antibodies and the distribution of serotypes detected in municipal service staff samples. The methodological cross-sectional study involved 89 municipal service personnel in Selangor. Blood samples were collected and serological tests were performed using mat according to standard procedures. Results the seropositive rate of Leptospira antibody in municipal service personnel was 34.8 . The identified serotypes were Sarawak, kobenhani, hadchobofs, Ley, badavia, patok, seledoni and hadchopraitno, Tarrasovi, and Pomona. There were 31 workers with positive leptospiral antibodies. All of them were frequently exposed towards leptospirosis. Significant associations have been reported between seropositivity of leptospiral antibodies with job category () and worker’s nationality () among municipal service workers. Conclusion. High seropositivity of leptospiral antibodies detected among municipal service workers which was associated with job category and nationality of workers. The significant findings from this study suggest that health education programs and safe work practice should be considered to prevent leptospirosis among municipal service workers in future.

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