Hepatitis virus infection in an isolated Canadian Inuit (Eskimo) population.

  title={Hepatitis virus infection in an isolated Canadian Inuit (Eskimo) population.},
  author={Gerald Y Minuk and Lindsay E. Nicolle and Brian D. Postl and Jeanne G. Waggoner and Jay H. Hoofnagle},
  journal={Journal of medical virology},
  volume={10 4},
The epidemiology of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection was studied in a northern Canadian Inuit (Eskimo) settlement. Sera from 720 of the 850 inhabitants of Baker Lake, Canada, were tested for markers of HAV and HBV infection. Anti-HAV was present in 71% of the residents and its prevalence increased with age. Serologic evidence of HBV infections was found in 27% of residents. The prevalence increased with age, being uncommon under the age of 20 (6%) and almost… CONTINUE READING