Prevalence of markers of infection with hepatitis B and C viruses in immigrants of Operation Solomon, 1991

E. Flatau, O. Segol, A. Shneour, H. Tabenkin, R. Raz

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Abstract

Sera of 200 recent Ethiopian immigrants (less than 1 year in Israel) were tested tor the presence of antibodies against hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. The prevalence of the various markers was: anti-hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) 52%, and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) 11.5%. None of the HBs-positive sera tested positive tor IgM-anti core. Sixty-eight sera from nonvaccinated subjects were tested for anti-HBs, and 12 of them were anti-HBc negative/anti-HBs positive (the only positive marker was anti-HBs). Four of 23 HBsAg-positive sera were HBeAg positive (17%), and only 1 of 18 HBeAg-negative sera was positive for anti-e antibodies. Antibodies to hepatitis C were positive in 6/200 sera (3%).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)387-389
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Journal of Medical Sciences
Volume29
Issue number6-7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ethiopian immigrants
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C

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