Public health experiment brings hepatitis cures to Egypt’s poor -BY DONALD G. MCNEIL JR. The New York Times

SHABAS EL SHUHADA, EGYPT --Abdel Gawad Ellabbad knows exactly how he was infected with hepatitis C.

As a schoolboy in this Nile Delta rice-farming village, his class marched to the local clinic every month for injections against schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease spread by water snails.

A nurse would boil the syringes, fill each with five doses and then jab five boys in a row with a single needle.

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