Prevalence of hepatitisC virus among patients attending a hospital in Sirte, Libya

Abstract number: P1125

Abddulsalam Bagar S., Abdallah B., Neferro F.

Background: Hepatitis C virus is a major global health care problem. The WHO estimates that up to 3% of the world's population has been infected with the virus, equating to more than 170 million carriers of HCV worldwide.

Objective: The present study was aimed to estimate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus in this area and compare that with other regions worldwide and other regions in Libya.

Patients and Methods: A retrospective study included 17419 patient's serum attended the medical center at Ibn Sina Hospital in Sirt region during the years 2007 and 2008 for the presence of anti HCV antibodies among them by ELISA method.

Results: Out of 17419 patients, 640 cases were HCV positive (3.67%). Among then 482 males (75.31%) and 158 females (24.69%). The majority of the positive cases belong to the age group 31–40 years.

Conclusions: The percentage of the HCV positive result study was 3.67% and that correlate with the results in other regions of the world. Another study should be carried out and the necessary measures to be taken to know the carriers and the infected individuals.

Session Details

Date: 10/04/2010
Time: 00:00-00:00
Session name: Abstracts 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Location: Vienna, Austria, 10 - 13 April 2010
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