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Title: Hepatitis B and C seroprevalence in the Lebanese population
Authors: Baddoura, R.
Haddad, C.
Germanos, M.
Issue Date: 2002
Language: English
Abstract: We aimed to evaluate exposure to hepatitis B and C viruses [HBV and HBC] and candidate risk factors among the Lebanese population. All individuals presenting to all laboratory units in the country over a 2-week period were asked for a 5-mL whole blood sample and answered a questionnaire addressing risk factors. For individuals under 15 years of age the mother was interviewed. In all, 2893 blood samples were examined. Refusal rate was 2.9%. Exposure to HBV antigen was 18.9%; 1.9% were carriers and acute hepatitis B point prevalence was 0.1%. Exposure to HCV antigen was 0.7%. Exposure to both HBc and HCV antibodies was 0.2%. HBc prevalence increased with age and was higher among men. Significant risk factors included blood transfusion, haemodialysis and gastrointestinal endoscopy
Description: 150-156
Keywords: Cross-Sectional Studies
Emigration and Immigration
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B Antibodies
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis C
Hepatitis C Antibodies
Logistic Models
Population Surveillance
Renal Dialysis
Residence Characteristics
Risk Factors
Seroepidemiologic Studies
Sex Distribution
Subject: Blood Transfusion
ISSN: 1020-3397
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