HEPATITIS c Virus prevention IN EGYPT
Reducing Transmission by Reducing Exposure

Evidence of intense ongoing endemic transmission of hepatitis C virus in Egypt
F. DeWolfe Miller and Laith J. Abu-Raddad

Honolulu, Doha, August 9, 2010The Arab Republic of Egypt has the highest rates of new hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the world, according to a new study published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The study also estimates more than 500,000 new HCV infections occur in Egypt every year, likely signaling an epidemic in a country of more than 77 million people. This high rate of HCV transmission may be due to the lack of sufficient standard safety precautions in medical and dental facilities, the authors suggest.

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