Syed Najam Hyder, Waqar Hussain, Aslam M, Sajid Maqbool.
Seroprevalence of Anti-HCV in asymptomatic children.
Pak J Pathol Jan ;12(3):89-93.
The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is high in developing countries and is considcred to result ton) post-transfusion hepatitis. HCV infection remains subclinical during the active phase of infection in humans and majority remain asymptomatic. Seroprevalence of anti-HCV in healthy asymptomatic children who belong to a low socio-economic group was assessed in the present cross-sectional study. A total of 171 children, both male (n==81) anti female (n=90) of 3 to 5 years were selected From peripheral low socio-economic areas of Lahore. It was thoroughly assessed that none of the selected Subjects had developed jaundice in the past and on examination none of them showed signs of jaundice. Scrum samples of the subjects were tested for antiHCV antibodies using a 3rd generation ELISA tests. The seroprevalence of anti-HCV antibodies in our study was found to be 0.58%.
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