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Epidemiology of Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) Infection

Theodore Sy, M. Mazen Jamal
Division of Gastroenterology, University of California, Irvine, CA 92868, USA Corresponding address: M. Mazen Jamal, University of California Irvine, 101 The City Drive, Orange, CA 92868, USA.
Abstract :

Hepatitis C virus remains a large health care burden to the world. Incidence rates across the world fluctuate and are difficult to calculate given the asymptomatic, often latent nature of the disease prior to clinical presentation. Prevalence rates across the world have changed as well with more countries aware of transfusion-related hepatitis C and more and more evidence supporting intravenous drug use as the leading risk factor of spread of the virus. This article reviews current hepatitis C virus prevalence and genotype data and examines the different risk factors associated with the virus.

Keywords :
Epidemiology, hepatitis C virus, blood transfusions, intravenous drug use

Date Deposited : 29 Jul 2011 13:35

Last Modified : 29 Jul 2011 13:35

Official URL: http://www.medsci.org/archive

Volume 3, Number 2, - 2006 , ISSN 1449-1907

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