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Prevalence of antibody to hepatitis C virus in an isolated Canadian Inuit settlement.

Authors
  • Minuk, G
  • Nicolle, L
  • Gauthier, T
  • Brunka, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Canadian journal of infectious diseases = Journal canadien des maladies infectieuses
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1991
Volume
2
Issue
2
Pages
71–73
Identifiers
PMID: 22529713
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Sera from 720 inhabitants of Baker Lake, Northwest Territories, a community with high rates of hepatitis A and B infection, were tested for antibody to hepatitis C virus by commercial enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Only two individuals (0.3%) were positive, a 63-year-old female and an unrelated 10-year-old male. Neither individual was at increased risk of hepatitis C virus exposure. The results of this study indicate that hepatitis C virus infection is no more common in this northern Canadian Inuit settlement than it is in the blood donor population of southern Canada.

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