Molecular epidemiology of hepatitis C virus genotypes in different geographical regions of Punjab Province in Pakistan and a phylogenetic analysis.

@article{Aziz2013MolecularEO,
  title={Molecular epidemiology of hepatitis C virus genotypes in different geographical regions of Punjab Province in Pakistan and a phylogenetic analysis.},
  author={Hafsa Aziz and Abida Raza and Shahnaz Murtaza and Yasir Waheed and Ali Khalid and Javaid Irfan and Zahoor qadir Samra and Muhammad Amin Athar},
  journal={International journal of infectious diseases : IJID : official publication of the International Society for Infectious Diseases},
  year={2013},
  volume={17 4},
  pages={e247-53}
}
BACKGROUND Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a causative agent of chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and hepatocellular carcinoma. In Pakistan, more than 10 million people are living with HCV. Very little is known about the genotype distribution in Punjab Province, the largest province of Pakistan. Pretreatment genotype identification is very important, as different HCV genotypes respond differently to interferon therapy. METHODS In this study we performed HCV genotyping for 1537 HCV-infected… CONTINUE READING
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