Salah A Agha

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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis D virus (HDV) sequences among HBV carriers from Egypt have not been evaluated sufficiently. The genotypes of HBV isolated from 105 serum samples from Egyptian carriers were determined. Four complete genomes and 11 entire preS1/S2/S genes were sequenced and evaluated. All serum samples were classified into HBV genotype D(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects >10% of the general population in Egypt, in which intravenous injection with an antimony compound for endemic schistosomiasis in the past has been implicated. To simulate the epidemic history of HCV in Egypt, sera were obtained from 3608 blood donors at 13 governorates in or surrounding the Nile valley during 1999. The(More)
The aim of this work was to evaluate transplacental transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) in HIV-negative pregnant women who were HCV-PCR-positive, and also to determine the serotypes of the virus in these cases. Therefore, 767 pregnant women were screened for anti-HCV antibodies, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and anti-HIV antibodies. HCV PCR was(More)
Nucleic acid amplification-based methods are used for confirmation of viremia in antibody to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV)-positive patients. However, this technology is labor intensive, time consuming, requires complex laboratory conditions, and expensive. The aim of this study was to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the HCV core antigen (HCVcAg)(More)
The commercial PCR test Amplicor was compared with the 32-kDa PCR for detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from 76 sputum specimens from Egyptian patients. Both tests performed with rather equal efficacy (resolved sensitivity of 88.9% for both tests; specificity of 98.0% for Amplicor and 93.9% for 32-kDa PCR). PCR was found to be useful in detection of(More)
Patients infected with schistosoma frequently show a high seroprevalence of anti-hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) antibodies. The aim of this study was to find the underlying reason for this phenomenon, and to examine a possible involvement of autoantibodies. Out of 2,400 Egyptian blood donors, 192 (8%) were anti-HCV positive by ELISA. They were 133 males and(More)
BACKGROUND Studies on pityriasis amiantacea (PA) in the literature are limited and mostly retrospective. We prospectively analyzed the clinical and etiopathologic factors in a large series of PA diagnosed at our department within a defined period (2000-01). METHODS All PA patients who attended our department were evaluated clinically and underwent(More)
One hundred forty-eight urine specimens were collected from 47 renal transplant and dialysis patients and screened for the detection of cytomegalovirus (CMV). Diagnosis of CMV infection was suggested in 17 out of 47 patients (36.2%) by more than one of the five methods used. DNA hybridisation assay (DNA HA) using 32P-labelled probe detected CMV DNA in 15(More)
A comparative cross-sectional study was conducted on 60 sewage workers and 30 matched unexposed referents from Mansoura city, Egypt, to estimate the prevalence and risk factors of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori). Stool culture and detection of H. pylori antigen were done. In addition, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of cytotoxin-associated(More)
A 32P-labelled Hind III-0 DNA fragment (nine Kilobases; Kb) from human cytomegalovirus AD-169 (HCMV) was used in slot-blot hybridisation assay for the detection of HCMV in clinical samples. The results obtained with DNA hybridisation assay (DNA HA) were compared with virus isolation using conventional tube cell culture (CTC) and centrifugation vial culture(More)