A prospective study on mother-to-infant transmission of hepatitis C virus.

@article{Zanetti1998APS,
  title={A prospective study on mother-to-infant transmission of hepatitis C virus.},
  author={Alessandro Remo Zanetti and Enrica Tanzi and L 3 P. Romano and Giovanna Zuin and Eliseo Minola and Laura Vecchi and Nicola Principi},
  journal={Intervirology},
  year={1998},
  volume={41 4-5},
  pages={208-12}
}
To assess the rate of mother-to-infant transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and to identify potential risk factors for transmission, we followed up (mean 22.4 months, range 1-7.5 years) a cohort of 291 babies born to anti-HCV-positive mothers, 40 of whom were also HIV coinfected. Seventeen (5.8%) babies acquired HCV infection, but none became icteric. All babies developed chronic HCV infection with 16 babies showing elevated levels of ALT. The rate of transmission was higher in babies born… CONTINUE READING

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