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Hepatitis and co-infections

This section aims to publish studies looking at all aspects of the prevention, diagnosis and management of hepatitis in humans as well as related molecular genetics, pathophysiology, and epidemiology

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  1. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination by 2030, as targeted by the World Health Organization (WHO), requires that 90% of people with chronic infection be diagnosed and 80% treated. We estimated the cascade of car...

    Authors: Cécile Brouard, Josiane Pillonel, Marjorie Boussac, Victor de Lédinghen, Antoine Rachas, Christine Silvain, Nathalie Lydié, Stéphane Chevaliez, Corinne Pioche, Julien Durand, Florence Lot and Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:759

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  2. Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is a concern in many countries, is the leading cause of liver cancer around the world. Since Taiwan launched its national health insurance system in 1995, it has managed ...

    Authors: Wei Li, Te-Sheng Chang, Shu-Zhi Chang, Ching-Hwa Chen and Mei-Yen Chen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:737

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  3. Blood transfusion is associated with potential risks of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs). Different strategies are needed to monitor blood safety and screen the donors’ efficacy, such as evaluation of...

    Authors: Azadeh Omidkhoda, Bahman Razi, Ali Arabkhazaeli and Sedigheh Amini Kafi-Abad

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:736

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  4. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in people who inject drugs (PWID) can now be treated and cured. However, the impact that HCV treatment has on drug-user health, practices and wellbeing is not known. The aim ...

    Authors: Marta Torrens, Tokunbo Soyemi, Darcy Bowman and Eberhard Schatz

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:702

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  5. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are two major public health problems associated with increasing complications and mortality rates worldwide. The objective of this study is...

    Authors: James A. Ndako, Akinyomade O. Owolabi, Joseph A. Olisa, Jeremiah A. Akinwumi, Victor T. Dojumo, Oludolapo Olatinsu and Blessing A. Adebayo

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:664

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  6. People who use drugs including people who inject drugs (PWUD/ID), sex workers (SWs) and men who have sex with men (MSM) are at increased risk of HIV and viral hepatitis infection. Limited epidemiological data ...

    Authors: Andrew Scheibe, Katherine Young, Anna Versfeld, C. Wendy Spearman, Mark W. Sonderup, Nishi Prabdial-Sing, Adrian Puren and Harry Hausler

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:655

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  7. Viral relapse is a major concern in hepatitis C virus (HCV) antiviral therapy. Currently, there are no satisfactory methods to predict viral relapse, especially in the era of direct acting antivirals in which ...

    Authors: Peng Peng, Yanjuan Xu, Michael W. Fried, Adrian M. Di Bisceglie and Xiaofeng Fan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:632

    Content type: Technical advance

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  8. Patients coinfected with HBV and hepatitis D virus (HDV) have a greater risk of HCC and cirrhosis. The current study was undertaken to assess HDV genotype distribution and determine clinical characteristics of...

    Authors: Shanshan Wu, Yi Zhang, Yuyan Tang, Ting Yao, Mengjiao Lv, Zhenghao Tang, Guoqing Zang, Yongsheng Yu and Xiaohua Chen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:565

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  9. Monitoring hepatitis B surveillance data is important for evaluating progress towards global hepatitis B elimination goals. Accurate classification of acute and chronic hepatitis infections is essential for as...

    Authors: Hui Zheng, Alexander J. Millman, Jeanette J. Rainey, Fuzhen Wang, Rui Zhang, Hong Chen, Zundong Yin, Huaqing Wang and Guomin Zhang

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:547

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  10. The risk of viral hepatitis among healthcare students (HCSs) is greater than that among the general population. Therefore, this study was conducted to investigate the seroprevalence of the hepatitis A virus (H...

    Authors: Ayla Acikgoz, Dilek Cimrin, Servet Kizildag, Nuran Esen, Pinar Balci and Ayca Arzu Sayiner

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:529

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  11. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the major public health problems worldwide. Limited information exists about the epidemiology of HBV infection in Ethiopia. This study aimed to assess sero-prevalenc...

    Authors: Bedru Argaw, Adane Mihret, Abraham Aseffa, Azeb Tarekegne, Siraj Hussen, Demelash Wachamo, Techalew Shimelis and Rawleigh Howe

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:528

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  12. Hepatitis E virus (HEV) may be resistant to immunosuppression reduction and ribavirin treatment in kidney transplant recipients because of mutant strains and severe side effects of ribavirin which conduct to d...

    Authors: I. Ollivier-Hourmand, L. Lebedel, A. Lecouf, M. Allaire, T. T. N. Nguyen, C. Lier and T. Dao

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:522

    Content type: Case report

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  13. Complete clearance of intracellular viruses depends on effector cells of innate and adaptive immune systems. This study aimed to identify the relationships among antiviral cytokines produced by natural killer ...

    Authors: Yurong Gu, Yifan Lian, Qiaolan Zheng, Zexuan Huang, Lin Gu, Yanhua Bi, Jing Li, Yanlin Huang, Yuankai Wu, Lubiao Chen and Yuehua Huang

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:509

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  14. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is one of the greatest public health burdens, particularly for people living with several barriers to access to health care services, such as the hill tribe adult population i...

    Authors: Panupong Upala, Tawatchai Apidechkul, Ratipark Tamornpark, Chalitar Chomchoei and Fartima Yeemard

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:494

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  15. Bhutan is committed to eliminating hepatitis B and hepatitis C, though recent baseline estimates of disease burden in the general population are unknown. In 2017, we carried out a biomarker survey in the gener...

    Authors: N. Tshering, G. P. Dhakal, U. Wangchuk, S. Wangdi, L. Khandu, S. Pelden, F. Nogareda, M. K. Patel, Y. J. F. Hutin, K. Wannemuehler, B. B. Rewari and S. Wangchuk

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:485

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  16. Tanzania has a high prevalence (7.17%) of chronic hepatitis B infection. Mother to Child transmission is very common, resulting in high rate of chronic infections. Currently, there is no screening program for ...

    Authors: Karin Geffert, Tongai G. Maponga, Shimba Henerico, Wolfgang Preiser, Stella Mongella, August Stich, Samuel Kalluvya, Andreas Mueller and Christa Kasang

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:395

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  17. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is highly prevalent among homeless persons, yet barriers continue to impede HCV testing and treatment in this population. We studied the experiences of homeless individuals related to a...

    Authors: Carmen L. Masson, J. Konadu Fokuo, August Anderson, Jesse Powell, Barry Zevin, Dylan Bush and Mandana Khalili

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:386

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  18. Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is an important cause of acute hepatitis worldwide. In pregnant women, HEV can cause more severe symptoms, with high rates of fatal hepatic failure in endemic countries. Howev...

    Authors: Gabriela Tissera, María Cecilia Lardizabal, Sofía Belén Torres, Anabella Clara Fantilli, Maribel G. Martínez Wassaf, Fernando Venezuela, Raúl Capra, Domingo C. Balderramo, Claudia Travella, Viviana E. Ré and María Belén Pisano

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:368

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  19. This study aimed to detect Hepatitis B virus (HBV) genome sequences and their variants as of nationwide scale using dried blood spot (DBS) samples and to provide up-to-date reference data for infection control...

    Authors: Ko Ko, Kazuaki Takahashi, Shintaro Nagashima, Chikako Yamamoto, Vichit Ork, Aya Sugiyama, Tomoyuki Akita, Masayuki Ohisa, Channarena Chuon, Md. Shafiqul Hossain, Bunsoth Mao and Junko Tanaka

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:305

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  20. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of chronic liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. Treatment with first generation protease inhibitors (PI) + peg-interferon (pegIFN) and ribavirin (RBV...

    Authors: Liat Deutsch, Inbal Houri, Ziv Ben-Ari, Amir Shlomai, Ella Veitsman, Oranit Cohen-Ezra, Assaf Issachar, Orna Mor, Yael Gozlan, Rafael Bruck, Yoram Menachem, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Helena Katchman and Oren Shibolet

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:264

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  21. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major public health problem worldwide. More than 2 billion people have been exposed to HBV, and about 257 million individuals are chronic carriers of HBV. HBV reactivatio...

    Authors: Kuniyasu Niizuma, Yoshikazu Ogawa, Takayuki Kogure and Teiji Tominaga

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:230

    Content type: Case report

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  22. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major global health problem. WHO guidelines recommend screening all people living with HIV for hepatitis C. Considering the limited resources for health in low and middle...

    Authors: Jozefien Buyze, Anja De Weggheleire, Johan van Griensven and Lutgarde Lynen

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:209

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  23. Few data are available regarding the use of direct antiviral agents (DAAs) for chronic hepatitis C in psychiatric patients. The aim of the study is to assess safety and outcome of DAAs in patients with psychia...

    Authors: Nicolò de Gennaro, Lucia Diella, Laura Monno, Gioacchino Angarano, Michele Milella and Annalisa Saracino

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:196

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  24. Hepatitis B virus disease is a potentially life-threatening liver infection and a major global health problem. It causes chronic infection and puts people at high risk of death from cirrhosis and liver cancer....

    Authors: Garba Umar Mustapha, Abdulrasul Ibrahim, Muhammad Shakir Balogun, Chukwuma David Umeokonkwo and Aisha Indo Mamman

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:194

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  25. Hepatitis C virus is one of the leading causes of chronic liver disease and liver-related deaths worldwide. The estimated prevalence of chronic hepatitis C viral infection among the general Belgian population ...

    Authors: Dana Busschots, Samira Toghanian, Rob Bielen, Stina Salomonsson, Özgür M. Koc, Greet Hendrickx, Michel Jadoul, Frederik Nevens, Etienne Sokal, Christian Brixko, Kathelijne Peerlinck, Ludwig Apers, Geert Robaeys and Jeffrey V. Lazarus

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:181

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  26. Identifying patients with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and enhancing the cascade of care are essential for eliminating HCV infection. This study aimed to estimate the prevalence of positive anti-HCV serol...

    Authors: Daniela Mariano Carvalho-Louro, Eric Bassetti Soares, Jose Eduardo Trevizoli, Thayna Moreira Gomes Marra, Alexandre Lima Rodrigues da Cunha, Marcelo Palmeira Rodrigues, Adriana Claudia Lopes Carvalho-Furtado, Beatriz Taynara Araujo dos Santos and Francisco de Assis da Rocha Neves

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:114

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  27. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global health problem and interferon-alpha (IFN-α) is one of the effective therapies. However, little is known about the genetic background of the HBV infection or the ge...

    Authors: Zebin Zhu, Shanzhou Huang, Yixi Zhang, Chengjun Sun, Yunhua Tang, Qiang Zhao, Qi Zhou, Weiqiang Ju and Xiaoshun He

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:84

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  28. At the end of the 1970s, in Italy more than 2% of the general population was HBsAg carrier. In the late ‘70s and late ‘80s, two remarkable events might have impacted on HBV strains transmitted in North-East It...

    Authors: Roberto Bruni, Umbertina Villano, Stefania Taffon, Michele Equestre, Elisabetta Madonna, Paola Chionne, Angela Candido, Stefano Dettori, Giulio Pisani, Maria Rapicetta, Flavia Bortolotti and Anna Rita Ciccaglione

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:78

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  29. Georgia has one of the highest HCV prevalence in the world and launched the world’s first national HCV elimination programs in 2015. Georgia set the ambitious target of diagnosing 90% of people living with HCV...

    Authors: Tengiz Tsertsvadze, Amiran Gamkrelidze, Muazzam Nasrullah, Lali Sharvadze, Juliette Morgan, Shaun Shadaker, Lia Gvinjilia, Maia Butsashvili, David Metreveli, Vakhtang Kerashvili, Marina Ezugbaia, Nikoloz Chkhartishvili, Akaki Abutidze, Valeri Kvaratskhelia and Francisco Averhoff

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2020 20:30

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  30. Nucleic acid hybridization (NAH) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a practical and reliable tool for virus genotyping. Genotype assignment is an important factor in the prediction of treatment success in chronic h...

    Authors: Malik Sallam, Rawan Batarseh, Anas Natsheh, Jumana Abbadi, Esraa Al-Fraihat, Alaa’ Yaseen, Doaa Kaddomi, Nadia Khamees, Azmi Mahafzah and Gülşen Özkaya Şahin

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 20:3

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  31. Viral hepatitis is a global public health problem affecting millions of people worldwide, causing thousands of deaths due to acute and persistent infection, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. Providing updated serol...

    Authors: Mohammad Amin Behzadi, Victor Hugo Leyva-Grado, Mandana Namayandeh, Atoosa Ziyaeyan, Roya Feyznezhad, Hedayat Dorzaban, Marzieh Jamalidoust and Mazyar Ziyaeyan

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:1027

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  32. Chronic hepatitis C is a major public health burden. With new interferon-free direct-acting agents (showing sustained viral response rates of more than 98%), elimination of HCV seems feasible for the first tim...

    Authors: Christian Krauth, Siegbert Rossol, Gustaf Ortsäter, Achim Kautz, Kathrin Krüger, Babette Herder and Jona Theodor Stahmeyer

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:1019

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  33. Hepatitis B (HBV) and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) share common risk factors for exposure. Co-infected patients have an increased liver-related mortality risk and may have accelerated HIV progression. Th...

    Authors: Urvi Rana, Matt Driedger, Paul Sereda, Shenyi Pan, Erin Ding, Alex Wong, Sharon Walmsley, Marina Klein, Deborah Kelly, Mona Loutfy, Rejean Thomas, Stephen Sanche, Abigail Kroch, Nima Machouf, Marie-Helene Roy-Gagnon, Robert Hogg…

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:982

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  34. Identification and knowledge of settings with high prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is important when aiming for elimination of HCV. The primary aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence ...

    Authors: Caroline Gahrton, Gabriel Westman, Karin Lindahl, Fredrik Öhrn, Olav Dalgard, Christer Lidman, Lars-Håkan Nilsson, Karouk Said, Ann-Sofi Duberg and Soo Aleman

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:955

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  35. A large proportion of people who inject drugs (PWID) living with hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection have not been treated. It is unknown whether inclusion of HCV diagnostics and treatment into integrated substa...

    Authors: Lars T. Fadnes, Christer Frode Aas, Jørn Henrik Vold, Christian Ohldieck, Rafael Alexander Leiva, Fatemeh Chalabianloo, Svetlana Skurtveit, Ole Jørgen Lygren, Olav Dalgård, Peter Vickerman, Håvard Midgard, Else-Marie Løberg and Kjell Arne Johansson

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:943

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  36. The advent of effective direct-acting antivirals (DAAs), has prompted an assessment of the French Hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening strategy, which historically targeted high-risk groups. One of the options pu...

    Authors: Cécile Brouard, Leïla Saboni, Arnaud Gautier, Stéphane Chevaliez, Delphine Rahib, Jean-Baptiste Richard, Francis Barin, Christine Larsen, Cécile Sommen, Josiane Pillonel, Elisabeth Delarocque-Astagneau, Nathalie Lydié and Florence Lot

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:896

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  37. The purpose of this study was to prospectively investigate the value of real-time ultrasound elastography (RTE) for the diagnosis of liver fibrosis (LF) in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB), to correlate...

    Authors: Dedong Huang, Taofa Lin, Shaoyang Wang, Lieyun Cheng, Liping Xie, Youguang Lu, Muxing Chen, Lingling Zhu and Jie Shi

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:878

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  38. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major cause of chronic liver disease globally. Direct acting antivirals (DAAs) have proven effective in curing HCV. However, the current standard of care (SOC) in Botswan...

    Authors: Lynnette Bhebhe, Motswedi Anderson, Sajini Souda, Wonderful T. Choga, Edward Zumbika, Zachary M. Shaver, Tshepiso Mbangiwa, Bonolo B. Phinius, Chabeni C. Banda, Pinkie Melamu, Rosemary M. Musonda, Max Essex, Jason T. Blackard, Sikhulile Moyo and Simani Gaseitsiwe

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:875

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  39. Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major public health problem in China. Over a decade has passed since the last National Hepatitis Seroepidemiological Survey was conducted in 2006. The lack of updated dat...

    Authors: Huai Wang, Peixuan Men, Yufeng Xiao, Pei Gao, Min Lv, Qianli Yuan, Weixin Chen, Shuang Bai and Jiang Wu

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:811

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  40. Chronic infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a serious global health problem. Persistence of the virus occurs as a result of stability of the replication intermediate comprising covalently closed circular...

    Authors: Kristie Bloom, Haajira Kaldine, Toni Cathomen, Claudio Mussolino, Abdullah Ely and Patrick Arbuthnot

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:802

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  41. Almost 1% of Canadians are hepatitis C (HCV)-infected. The liver-specific complications of HCV are established but the extra-hepatic comorbidity, multimorbidity, and its relationship with HCV treatment, is les...

    Authors: Curtis L. Cooper, Chrissi Galanakis, Jessy Donelle, Jeff Kwong, Rob Boyd, Lisa Boucher and Claire E. Kendall

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:712

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  42. The technique most frequently used to genotype HCV is quantitative RT-PCR. This technique is unable to provide an accurate genotype/subtype for many samples; we decided to develop an in-house method with the g...

    Authors: Sylvie Goletti, Siméon Zuyten, Léonie Goeminne, Chris Verhofstede, Hector Rodriguez-Villalobos, Monique Bodeus, Peter Stärkel, Yves Horsmans and Benoît Kabamba-Mukadi

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:738

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  43. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major public health problem in correctional settings. HCV treatment is often not possible in U.S. jails due to short lengths of stay. Linkage to care is crucial in these settings, ...

    Authors: Matthew J. Akiyama, Devin Columbus, Ross MacDonald, Alison O. Jordan, Jessie Schwartz, Alain H. Litwin, Benjamin Eckhardt and Ellie Carmody

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:703

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  44. Hepatitis C infection is a major public health concern globally. In Ireland, like other European countries, people who use drugs (PWUD) and prisoners carry a larger HCV disease burden than the general populati...

    Authors: D. Crowley, R. Murtagh, W. Cullen, J. S. Lambert, T. McHugh and M. C. Van Hout

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:702

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  45. The epidemiology and risk factors for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Rwanda are not well known; however, this information is crucial to shaping the country’s public health approach to hepatitis C control.

    Authors: Jean Damascene Makuza, Carol Y. Liu, Corneille Killy Ntihabose, Donatha Dushimiyimana, Sabine Umuraza, Marie Paul Nisingizwe, Justine Umutesi, Janvier Serumondo, Soline Dusabeyesu Mugeni, Muhamed Semakula, Neil Gupta, Margaret Hellard and Sabin Nsanzimana

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:688

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  46. Hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection is now recognized as a major cause of acute hepatitis worldwide. HEV specific antibodies develop shortly after infection and are thought to confer protection.

    Authors: Marcus Panning, Kristi Basho, Andreas Fahrner and Christoph Neumann-Haefelin

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:675

    Content type: Case report

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  47. Although significant improvement in efficacy measured by a sustained virological response, the high acquisition costs of direct-acting antivirals limit the access for patients and influence the costs of health...

    Authors: Ru Han, Junwen Zhou, Clément François and Mondher Toumi

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:655

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  48. Hepatitis A, caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV), is a vaccine preventable disease. In Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), poor hygiene and sanitation conditions are the main risk factors contributing t...

    Authors: Jenna Patterson, Leila Abdullahi, Gregory D. Hussey, Rudzani Muloiwa and Benjamin M. Kagina

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:651

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  49. Long-term outcome of DAAs therapy in kidney transplant recipients was unknown. Thus, we aimed to evaluate it in a Chinese cohort of HCV-infected kidney transplant recipients.

    Authors: Jian Zhang, Wen Sun, Jun Lin, Ye Tian, Linlin Ma, Lei Zhang, Yichen Zhu and Wei Qiu

    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2019 19:645

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