The role of parenteral antischistosomal therapy in the spread of hepatitis C virus in Egypt.

  title={The role of parenteral antischistosomal therapy in the spread of hepatitis C virus in Egypt.},
  author={Christopher J Frank and Mostafa Kamal Mohamed and G. Thomas Strickland and Daniel Lavanchy and Ray R. Arthur and Laurence S. Magder and T A el Khoby and Yehia Abdel-Wahab and E S Aly Ohn and Wasif Anwar and Ismail A Sallam},
  volume={355 9207},
BACKGROUND The population of Egypt has a heavy burden of liver disease, mostly due to chronic infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV). Overall prevalence of antibody to HCV in the general population is around 15-20%. The risk factor for HCV transmission that specifically sets Egypt apart from other countries is a personal history of parenteral antischistosomal therapy (PAT). A review of the Egyptian PAT mass-treatment campaigns, discontinued only in the 1980s, show a very high potential for… CONTINUE READING
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