High prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection amongst Tibetans in Nepal.

Abstract

Tibetans have been living in Nepal since 1959. Study of the prevalence of viral hepatitis among them showed that they have a high prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Prevalence of total HBV infection and Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) among them was 61% and 16% compared to 10.0% and 0.7% respectively among the Nepalese. The predominant HBsAg subtype among the Tibetans was 'ayw'. Perinatal and childhood transmission was found important in the spread of HBV infection among the Tibetans.

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@article{Shrestha2002HighPO, title={High prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection amongst Tibetans in Nepal.}, author={Santosh Shrestha and Nobuya Takeda and Fumio Tsuda and Hiroshi Okamoto and Vikram Shrestha}, journal={Tropical gastroenterology : official journal of the Digestive Diseases Foundation}, year={2002}, volume={23 2}, pages={63-5} }