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%).
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Israel Journal of Medical Sciences|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 1993|
- Ethiopian immigrants
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C