Changing Epidemiology of Chronic Hepatitis C in Adana

Ferit KUŞCU, Süheyla KÖMÜR, Ayşe Seza İNAL, Aslıhan Candevir ULU, Behice KURTARAN, Yeşim TAŞOVA, Berrin ÜNLÜ, Dürdane MIDIKLI, Zehra Doğan TOMUL, Gürkan YILMAZ, Bedia Mutay SUNTUR, Hasan Salih Zeki AKSU
2014 Viral Hepatitis Journal  
were reviewed retrospectively. The differences between the gender, age, and routes of transmission among the HCV patients with different genotypes were reviewed. Changes in the mean age, gender, and virus genotypes of the patients in our region by the years were evaluated. Results: Genotype 1 was identified in 289 (78.3%) patients, genotype 2 in 23 (6.2%) patients, genotype 3 in 54 (14.6%) patients and genotype 4 was identified in 3 (0.8%) patients. When the genotypic distribution over the
more » ... ution over the years was assessed, the rate of the patients with genotype 2 or 3 was 2.7% between 1996 and 2008, this rate was observed to increase to 44% between 2012 and 2013. Sixty nine out of 77 (89.6%) patients with genotype 2 or 3 were intravenous drug addicts. Conclusion: In our region intravenous drug use-related HCV infection was increased in recent years. Decrease in the mean age of the patients, higher probability of occurrence among males and increased rates of genotype 2 and 3 were associated with this reason. (Viral Hepatitis Journal 2014; 20(1): 15-18)
doi:10.4274/vhd.70299 fatcat:gtkjyjne7jfhfgjy7lq3rsc4rm