The prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen and anti-hepatitis B core antibody in Iran: a population-based study.

@article{Merat2009ThePO,
  title={The prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen and anti-hepatitis B core antibody in Iran: a population-based study.},
  author={Shahin Merat and Houri Rezvan and Mehdi S Nouraie and Arsia Jamali and Shervin Assari and Hassan Abolghasemi and A. Radmard and Hanieh Zaer-rezaii and Mahmood Zeid-Abadi-Nejhad and Mohammad-Reza Hosseini and Sedigheh Amini-Kafiabad and Mahtab Maghsudlu and Akram Pourshams and Reza Malekzadeh},
  journal={Archives of Iranian medicine},
  year={2009},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={225-31}
}
BACKGROUND Hepatitis B virus infection is a very common cause of chronic liver disease worldwide. It is estimated that 3% of Iranians are chronically infected with hepatitis B virus. Current population-based studies on both rural and urban prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection in Iran are sparse with results that do not always agree. We performed this study to find the prevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen, anti-hepatitis B core antibody, and associated factors in the general population… CONTINUE READING
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