Molecular epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in an area of hyperendemicity in southern Italy: A population-based study

Alberto R. Osella, Laura Sonzogni, Aldo Cavallini, Luciana Foti, Vito Guerra, Alfredo Di Leo, Mario U. Mondelli, Giovanni Misciagna, Enrico M. Silini

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In a cohort of subjects from Italy, anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HCV RNA [HCV(+) subgroup] prevalences were 24.6 and 79.6%, respectively. HCV types lb and 2a/c accounted for 95% of infections. Adjusted alanine aminotransferase levels were higher in males than in females and in RNA- positive subjects than in RNA-negative subjects regardless of HCV type. Genotype distribution was unrelated to demographic variables.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2371-2372
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology

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