Prevalence of antibodies against hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus among blood donors in Lebanon, 1997-2003.

@article{IraniHakime2006PrevalenceOA,
  title={Prevalence of antibodies against hepatitis B virus and hepatitis C virus among blood donors in Lebanon, 1997-2003.},
  author={Noha A. Irani-Hakime and Umayya M Musharrafieh and Hanady Samaha and Wassim Youssef Almawi},
  journal={American journal of infection control},
  year={2006},
  volume={34 4},
  pages={241-3}
}
The prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) antigens (HBsAg) and antibody to hepatitis C virus (anti-HCV) was determined among 16,084 blood donors (14,993 males; mean age, 31.7 +/- 8.2 years and 1084 females; mean age, 31.4 +/- 8.2 years) in the period 1997-2003. Of the donors screened, 149 were HBsAg positive (0.926%), and 65 were anti-HCV positive (0.404%). There was a steady decline in HBsAg prevalence from 1.56% (1997) to 0.33% (2003) and in anti-HCV from 1.22% (1997) to 0.16% (2003). Females… CONTINUE READING

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