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Arch Iran Med. 2012;15(5):268-268.
PMID: 22519374
Scopus id: 84866504174
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High Prevalence of Hepatitis C Infection among High Risk Groups in Kohgiloyeh and Boyerahmad Province, Southwest Iran

Bahador Sarkari, Owrang Eilami, Abdolmajid Khosravani * , Asghar Sharifi, Marzieh Tabatabaee, Mohammad Fararouei

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Detection of Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected people in each community assists with infection prevention and control. This study aims to evaluate the prevalence of HCV infection among high risk groups in Kohgiloyeh and Boyerahmad Province, Southwest Iran.

METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted from 2009-2010 in Kohgiloyeh and Boyerahmad Province. High risk groups for HCV were the subjects of this study. Blood samples were taken from 2009 individuals at high risk for HCV that included inmates, injecting drug users (IDUs), health care workers, patients on maintenance hemodialysis, hemophilic patients, and those with histories of blood transfusions. Patients were residents of Yasuj, Gachsaran, and Dehdasht (3 main townships in the province). Samples were analyzed by ELISA for anti-HCV antibodies. Demographic features of participants were recorded by a questionnaire during sample collection. Data were analyzed by SPSS version 13 software.

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First published online: 01 May 2012
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