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Prevalence Of Hepatitis C Infection In A Tertiary Care Hospital In South India
Dr. Naik Shalini Ashok,
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, M.S.R.I.T Post, Bangalore-560054, India.
Mobile No: 09845960366
Introduction: Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which can be caused by different infectious agents. Hepatitis C is one of the causes of Hepatitis and may lead to hepatocellular carcinoma. Diagnosis of infection is based on antibody detection using serological methods.
Materials & Methods: Serum samples were collected from clinically diagnosed Hepatitis patients and screened for anti-HCV antibodies using Immunochromatographic card test and confirmed by ELISA.
Results: Among 333 serum samples collected, 8 were reactive for antibodies to HCV with a prevalence of 2.4% All these 8 sero-reactive patients belonged to a high risk group as they were undergoing dialysis.
Conclusion: Hence screening of high risk groups and population based studies will help us to identify prevalence rates in different regions.
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