Hepatitis B surface antigen and anti-hepatitis C antibodies among blood donors in the Islamic Republic of Iran
ResumoWe determined the prevalence rate of hepatitis B surface antigen [HBsAg] and anti-hepatitis C virus antibodies [anti-HCV] among 7897 healthy voluntary blood donors in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran. Sera were examined for HBsAg and anti-HCV antibodies using a second-generation enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Positive sera for HBsAg were found in 85 [1.07%] of the individuals and anti-HCV antibodies were found in 47 [0.59%]. We compared our results with those of other studies and conclude that the prevalence rate of HBsAg in our area has decreased in the last 2 decades; from being an area of high prevalence, it is now one with moderate-to-low prevalence. Since there are few reports on the seroepidemiology of hepatitis C in the Islamic Republic of Iran, we could not assess the changes in prevalence of hepatitis C
Ghavanini, A.A. & Sabri, M.R. (2000). Hepatitis B surface antigen and anti-hepatitis C antibodies among blood donors in the Islamic Republic of Iran. EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (5-6), 1114-1116, 2000 http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/118976
RevistaEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 6 (5-6), 1114-1116, 2000
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