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A seroprevalence study of the hepatitis C virus among multiply transfused patients

Antipa, C.; Popescu, A.; Teleguţă, M.; Ruţă, S.; Cernescu, C.; Târdei, G.; Copelovici, Y.; Stoian, M.; Tivgă, N.; Hoinărescu, M.

Revue Roumaine de Virologie 44(1-2): 9-15


ISSN/ISBN: 1018-0532
PMID: 8043483
Accession: 045110606

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A study was conducted on 61 polytransfused patients, 24 patients submitted to long lasting parenteral treatments, 116 blood donors and 132 controls. Immuno-enzymatic tests were used for detection of antibodies against hepatitis C virus (HCV). They were found in 56 (91.8%) out of the 61 polytransfused patients, in 5 (4.3%) of the donors, in 5 (20.8%) of the patients with multiple treatments and in 5 (3.7%) controls. The VHB markers were detected at variable rates in all investigated groups. The high rate of seropositivity indicates that hepatitis C is becoming an important public health problem in Romania.

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