Occult hepatitis B viral infection among blood donors in South-Eastern Nigeria.

@article{Nna2014OccultHB,
  title={Occult hepatitis B viral infection among blood donors in South-Eastern Nigeria.},
  author={E. Nna and Chinenye Mbamalu and Ifeoma Mercy Ekejindu},
  journal={Pathogens and global health},
  year={2014},
  volume={108 5},
  pages={223-8}
}
Hepatitis B virus infection is endemic in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa including Nigeria. Occult hepatitis B virus infection (OBI) is a challenging clinical problem characterized by the absence of Hepatitis B surface Antigen (HBsAg) and low viral DNA load. We aimed at determining the prevalence of OBI among repeat blood donors in Abakaliki, south-eastern Nigeria. Of 113 informed consented repeat blood donors enrolled into the study, 12 donors (10·6%) tested positive to both serological… CONTINUE READING