Risk factors of hepatitis C infection among Egyptian blood donors.
Surveillance of infectious disease markers in the blood donor population is important in recognizing trends in prevalence and incidence of transfusion related infections in asymptomatic volunteer blood donors.
SUBJECTS AND METHODS
It was a cross sectional study. Samples were collected from volunteer blood donors and questionnaire was designed to collect the risk factors data. The prevalence of hepatitis C antibodies among 1,000 apparently healthy blood donors were determined.
To estimate the prevalence of virus C hepatic infection and to illustrate the various socio-economic, behavioural and medical factors related to infection with Hepatitis C (HCV) among apparently healthy individuals. It contributed to analysis of the particularities of Egyptian blood donors and helped to better understand the challenges and solutions of blood safety.
The prevalence of HCV was 16.8%. There was an association of positive anti-HCV test with socio-demographic, medical and behavioural risk factors.
This study provided comprehensive and reliable information on the possible risk factors affecting spread of Hepatitis C in the area.
Institute of Environmental Studies and Research, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt. Hala_Awadalla@yahoo.com
SourceCentral European journal of public health 19:4 2011 Dec pg 217-21
Hepatitis C Antibodies
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Pub Type(s)Journal Article