Prevalence of hepatitisB surface antigen among patients attending a hospital in Sirte, Libya

Abstract number: P1126

Abddulsalam Bagar S., Abdallah B.

Background: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global health problem, with an estimated 400 million being chronic carriers of the virus that equating up to 5–10% of the world's population, most of them in south of the desert in Africa and in Far East countries.

Objective: The present study was aimed to estimate the prevalence of hepatitis B virus in the Sirt region and compare that with other regions in Libya, and also with other regions in the world.

Patients and Methods: A retrospective study included 17419 patient's sera attended the medical centre at Ibn Sina Hospital in Sirt region during the years 2007 and 2008 for the detection of the presence of HBs antigen by ELISA method.

Results: Out of 17419 patients, 1325 cases were HBV positive (7.66%). Among them 925 males (69.25%) and 410 females (30.71%). The majority of the positive individuals belong to the age group 31–40 years.

Conclusions: The percentage of the HBV positive in the present study was (7.66%) and that correlate with other results in other regions of the world which carried out in the same measures as in the present study.

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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