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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 1991;24(4): 465-472.
Seroprevalence of antibody to the hepatitis C virus in methamphetamine abusers.
Jin Kyoo Kim, Ji Ho Lee, Byung Mann Cho, Soo Il Lee
Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Korea.
ABSTRACT
This study was designed to estimate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus(HCV) infection in drug abusers. The subjects were 141 inpatients who had been admitted to a general hospital with the symptoms and signs of methamphetamine intoxication. Seroprevalence of antibody to the hepatitis C virus(anti-HCV) was 60.3%,(85/141) and it was higher in the group with increased frequency and duration of drug abuse, but such a relationship was not found in the seroprevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen(HBsAg). These findings suggested the possibility of high prevalence of HCV infection in methamphetamine abusers, and the importance of repetitive percutaneous injection in the transmission of HCV infection.
Key words: seroprevalence; anti-HCV; methamphetamine abusers
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