Helicobacter Pylori: A Worldwide Perspective 2014

Helicobacter Pylori: A Worldwide Perspective 2014

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This e-book covers Helicobacter pylori research as it looks in 2014. The discovery of the bacterium in 1982 by B.J. Marshall and R. I. Warren had a tremendous impact on basic research and clinical ...
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Epidemiology, Transmission and Public Health Implications of Helicobacter pylori Infection in Western Countries

Pp. 25-79 (55)

DOI: 10.2174/9781608057375114010006

Author(s): Mónica S. Sierra, Emily V. Hastings, Katharine Fagan-Garcia, Amy Colquhoun, Karen J. Goodman


Across western countries, the observed prevalence of H. pylori infection ranges from 4% to 95% in adults and 4% to 82% in children, with estimates varying by country and subpopulation within countries. Reported incidence ranges from 0 to 7.3% per year in adults, with higher rates observed among travelers to high prevalence areas. Reported incidence ranges from 0 to 1.7% per month in children under 2 years old and 0.11% to 16% per year in 2- to 18-year olds. Reported elimination rates in children range from 0.37% to 35% per year. Evidence points to direct person-to-person contact as the predominant mode of transmission. Factors linked to increased prevalence in adults include residential crowding, institutionalization, and having hepatitis A virus. In children, H. pylori infection is associated with age, indicators of poor socioeconomic status such as residential crowding and parents’ education level, and migration from high prevalence areas. Factors associated with elimination of H. pylori in childhood are age, sex, ethnicity, and antibiotic use. Recurrence of H. pylori infection after successful treatment is not frequently observed in western countries. Studies investigating the relationship between intrafamilial clustering of H. pylori infection and H. pylori recurrence have had inconsistent results. Development of cost-effective prevention strategies requires more evidence pertaining to transmission pathways and risk factors, as well as more effective treatments, particularly for high prevalence subpopulations.


H. pylori infection, western countries, prevalence, incidence, elimination, recurrence, transmission.