Hepatitis B virus genetic diversity in Latin America.

  title={Hepatitis B virus genetic diversity in Latin America.},
  author={Marisol Devesa and Flor H Pujol},
  journal={Virus research},
  volume={127 2},
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is still a significant health concern in Latin America, where around 11 million persons are infected. Amerindian populations exhibit the highest prevalences of infection in the region. HBV exhibits a degree of variability intermediate between DNA and RNA viruses. This plasticity leads to the generation of several mutants and genotypic variability. Eight HBV genotypes (A-H) have been described, based on a minimum divergence of 8% of the complete genome sequences… CONTINUE READING

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