Egypt: Mothers infecting children with hepatitis C in Egypt

Up to 5,000 Egyptian children a year could be infected by hepatitis C through their mothers.

A new study suggests that between 3,000 and 5,000 Egyptian children could be infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) annually through mother-to-child transmission1.

This vertical transmission, which is still not fully understood, is believed to occur during pregnancy, child birth or during the postpartum period, most probably from cracked nipples.

The scientists from the Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the UK focused on Egypt, which has the highest incidence of HCV worldwide, with an estimated 14.7% of the population carrying the virus and up to 100,000 new infections occurring each year, according to WHO.


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