Infect Chemother.  2019 Mar;51(1):62-66. 10.3947/ic.2019.51.1.62.

Hepatitis A Virus Infection from a Contaminated Tap of Ground Water Facility in a Neighborhood Park, Republic of Korea

  • 1Division of Infectious Disease Control, Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Suwon, Korea.
  • 2WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control, School of Public Health, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China.
  • 3Institute for Occupational and Environmental Health, Korea University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 4Division of Infectious Disease Control, City Public Health Center, Yeoju, Korea.
  • 5Division of Infectious Diseases, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


A patient with Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection was notified to the public health authority. The identical HAV was found at a water dispensing outlet at the ground water facility and the toilet close to the facility. Serosurveillance in the community was conducted. Suspicious individuals were asked to visit city public health center and had a serologic test for anti-HAV Ig M. Overall, 100 individuals were tested, and all were negative for the anti-HAV Ig M. In our study cohort, we could not identify additional case of HAV infection.


Hepatitis A; Serosurveillance; Water wells; Korea

MeSH Terms

Cohort Studies
Hepatitis A Antibodies
Hepatitis A virus*
Hepatitis A*
Public Health
Republic of Korea*
Residence Characteristics*
Serologic Tests
Water Wells
Hepatitis A Antibodies


  • Figure 1 Location of well-water facility and the toilet in the area of hepatitis A virus identified.


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