Hepatitis C antibodies in asymptomatic first-time blood donors in The Gambia: prevalence and risk factors

Mboto, C.I., Davies-Russell, A., Fielder, M. and Jewell, A.P. (2005) Hepatitis C antibodies in asymptomatic first-time blood donors in The Gambia: prevalence and risk factors. British Journal of Biomedical Science, 62(2), pp. 89-91. ISSN (print) 0967-4845

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Abstract

This study evaluates the seroprevalence and risk factors for hepatitis C (HCV) antibodies in asymptomatic first-time blood donors in The Gambia. The study population includes 460 blood donors (age range: 18-40 years [mean: 27.5]) who attended the Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital from July to December 2002. Antibodies to hepatitis C are determined using and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) test system. The prevalence of hepatitis C found in this study was 1.1% (95% CI, 0.16-1.12). Previous history of sexually transmitted disease, married men in polygamous relationships, and hospital or clinic-based workers were determined to be at risk of acquiring hepatitis C. The study shows that seroprevalence of hepatitis C in The Gambia is low compared to other countries in the region.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: blood donors, hepatitis c, risk factors, the gambia, non-b-hepatitis, virus-infection, hepatocellular-carcinoma, sexual transmission, natural-history, non-a, epidemiology, partners, diseases, Africa
Research Area: Biological sciences
Other laboratory based clinical subjects
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: Lucinda Lyon
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2008
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2010 08:48
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/3984

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