Evidence that use of a second-generation hepatitis C antibody assay prevents additional cases of transfusion-transmitted hepatitis.

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine if using hepatitis C antibody (anti-HCV) enzyme immunoassay version 2.0 (EIA2) in addition to version 1.0 (EIA1) increased the safety of the blood supply. Blood non-reactive by anti-HCV EIA1 was transfused in 1990-92. Stored samples from 40098 units, donated prior to 13 March 1992 were later tested by EIA2. For donor… (More)

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