• Occult hepatitis B infection in Egyptian health care workers 

      Abdelbaseer, Mohamed; Hantour, Abdelateef; Hantour, Osamah; Morsy, Mohamed H.; Hashim, Alaa; El Didamony, Gamal; Elbahrawy, Ashraf; Elmaghloub, Reem (‏2017-05)‏
      We tested the frequency of occult hepatitis B infection [‏OBI]‏ among Egyptian healthcare workers [‏HCWs]‏. We tested 132 HCWs for hepatitis B virus [‏HBV]‏ DNA by nested polymerase chain reaction [‏PCR]‏, and hepatitis C virus antibody [‏anti-HCV]‏ by ELISA. HCV RNA was measured by nested PCR in anti-HCV-positive HCWs. HBV-DNA-positive HCWs were subjected to HBV genotyping. We included 132 HCWs who were negative for hepatitis B surface antigen and positive for hepatitis B core antibody [‏anti-HBc]‏. OBI was detected in 7 male HCWs, and HBV E genotype was ...