Prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection in quilombo remnant communities in Central Brazil

Nádia R.S. Reis, Ana R.C. Motta-Castro, Ágabo M.C. Silva, Sheila A. Teles, Clara F.T. Yoshida, Regina M.B. Martins
2008 Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo  
In order to determine the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in quilombo remnant communities in Central Brazil, 1,007 subjects were interviewed in all 12 communities existing in Mato Grosso do Sul State, Central Brazil. Blood samples were collected and sera were tested for anti-HCV by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Positive samples were retested for confirmation using a line immunoassay and were also subjected to HCV RNA detection. The prevalence of HCV infection was 0.2%. This
more » ... tion was 0.2%. This finding shows a low prevalence of HCV infection in quilombo remnant communities in Central Brazil.
doi:10.1590/s0036-46652008000600010 pmid:19082380 fatcat:ovdmt5w7tvgtbnggaqn2vzaa2e