Egypt: Egypt has highest infection level of hepatitis C: study

According to a new study by researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the UK, Egypt has the highest infection level of the disease in the world. About 15% of the population carry HCV, with at least 100,000 new cases every year, but the proportion of these new infections that occur through different transmission routes is not well understood. This study is the first, for any country, to estimate the number of new cases of HCV as a consequence of mother-to-child (vertical) transmission.

The authors estimated that in 2008, between 3,000 and 5,000 new cases of the infection were caused by this transmission route, which can occur during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period from an infected mother to her child.

In addition, the findings show that mother-to-child transmission is an important transmission route among children under five years of age, contributing between a third and a half of new cases in that age group in Egypt.


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