A study of Israeli blood donors, asymptomatic carriers of hepatitis C virus, in relation to liver disease, cryoglobulinemia and transmission.

Abstract

In order to study the asymptomatic hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive blood donors in Israel we analyzed their sera for HCV-RNA using the polymerase chain reaction technique. We found that 0.44% of blood donors were anti-HCV positive. Of those who had repeatedly positive anti-HCV, 82% had evidence of HCV-RNA. One-third of them had elevated liver enzymes, but… (More)

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