Hammouda Saffar

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Today there is increasing evidence concerning the contribution of pro-/anti-inflammatory cytokine balance and genetic factors in hepatitis C pathogenesis and interindividual heterogeneity of disease outcome. In the current study, we investigated the influence of functionally described single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) present in interferon-gamma(More)
Treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in transfusion-dependent beta-thalassaemia major patients is complicated by existing hepatic siderosis and the fear of ribavirin-associated haemolysis. We evaluated the efficacy and side-effects of combination interferon-alpha (INF) and ribavirin therapy for HCV-infected thalassaemia patients. A total(More)
We conducted this study to determine the contribution of respiratory viruses in 202 hospitalized children (1 mo-5 yr) with clinical evidence of acute lower respiratory tract illness (ALRI). Nasopharyngeal specimens were assayed for viruses detection by indirect immunoflourescent method. Viral agents were identified from 109 (54%) cases (9 cases had dual(More)
The infection caused by the tapeworm Echinococcus granulosus leads to the development of hydatic disease. It is the most frequent mediterranean parasitic infection that commonly affects the liver and rarely involves multiple organs. Herein, we report an exceptional and confusing presentation of hepatopulmonary and splenic hydatidosis due to Echinococcus(More)
To determine the incidence and characteristics of measles, cases reported to the Health Center for Diseases Control 2000-2002 were reviewed. Demographics data, vaccination status and its relation to occurrence the disease were analysed. A total of 729 cases (270 women,162, 269, 298, over the 3 years) were reported. The annual incidence rates over the 3(More)
UNLABELLED PRÉREQUIS: Viral hepatitis is a public health problem in many parts of the globe. In Tunisia, the respective responsibility of five viruses (HAV, HDV, HBV, HCV and HEV) in the genesis of acute hepatitis in adults is only roughly indicated in the absence of suitable serological studies, given as important to plan appropriate preventive strategies.(More)
The seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus infection (HEV) in children and young adults was determined in a community-based survey in an area of northern Islamic Republic of Iran. Serum samples were taken from 1080 randomly selected apparently healthy 2-25-year-olds from urban and rural regions of Sari district. Anti-HEV IgG antibodies were detected in 25(More)
This study was designed to evaluate seroprevalence rates of antibodies to pertussis in mothers and their infants, and the immunogenicity of pertussis vaccine in the presence or absence of pertussis antibodies in infants. Blood samples were collected from 110 mother-infants pairs before the first dose of pertussis vaccination and from 69 infants 4-8 weeks(More)