Reports that suggest high rates of serologic false positives and low
levels of viremia have contributed to uncertainty regarding the burden
of active hepatitis C infection.
A lack of knowledge surrounding the transmission and progression of
hepatitis C virus infection in West African countries may be
contributing to the spread of the disease, results of a study published
in Clinical Infectious Diseases indicate.
"This is a small study conducted at a blood bank in a teaching
hospital in Ghana," explained Jennifer Layden, MD, PhD, of Loyola
University in Chicago, Ill., in a press release. “The goal is to further
understand whom is affected by hepatitis C and to identify specific next steps in intervention and prevention.”
More than 180 million people have hepatitis C. In developed
countries, hepatitis C infection is often transmitted through
intravenous (IV) drug use, but this may not be the case in West Africa,
noted the investigators.
Labels: cultural practices, Epidemiology, West Africa