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Letters Health in intellectual disability

Infectious diseases in people with intellectual disabilities

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 21 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b194
  1. Antoon A De Schryver, professor1,
  2. Andre Meheus, emeritus professor1
  1. 1Epidemiology and Social Medicine, University of Antwerp, B-2610 Antwerp, Belgium
  1. antoon.deschryver{at}

    The risk of transmission of infectious diseases is particularly enhanced by institutionalisation of people with intellectual disabilities.1 The best documented examples are hepatitis B and Helicobacter pylori infection.2 3

    Studies have shown that the prevalence of hepatitis B virus markers is clearly higher in …

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