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Epidemiological profile of Hepatitis C virus infection in patients from West Region of Minas Gerais State, Brazil
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a serious public health problem and is the leading cause of liver transplantation due to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. In Brazil, it is estimated that there are approximately 2 to 3 million HCV chronic carriers. Few data regarding HCV infection are available in West region of Minas Gerais State. Due to the absence of an effective vaccine against this important human pathogen and the high costs of antiviral treatment, it is important to conductdoi:10.14393/bj-v31n2a2015-26538 fatcat:lu77ewbyqnanblrrrwzkeif7zu