Prevalence of Helicobacter pylori in people with intellectual disability in a residential care centre in Israel

M. Morad, J. Merrick, Y. Nasri

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Background. In 1982, Helicobacter pylori (formerly Campylobacter pylori) was identified as a pathogenic factor in peptic ulcer disease by researchers from Australia. Because only a small number of studies of H. pylori infection have been conducted in people with intellectual disability (ID), and none of these were done in Israel, the present authors decided to conduct a pilot study on its prevalence in this population. Methods. The Israeli Division for Mental Retardation provides services to over 6000 people in 54 residential care centres (or institutions), and one centre in the south of the country with kibbutz-style living arrangements was selected for this pilot study. The study was performed as part of the yearly routine medical examination of all residents, and blood specimens were drawn for IgG antibodies to H. pylori (ELISA). Results. Out of the 47 individuals screened, 75% (n = 36) were seropositive. Conclusion. In addition to the reported high rates of H. pylori infection in residents with ID living in large facilities, the present pilot study suggests that people with ID living in smaller, kibbutz-style arrangements are also at high risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-143
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Intellectual Disability Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 28 Feb 2002


  • Helicobacter pylori
  • Israel
  • Prevalence
  • Residential care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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