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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 403-5

HCV activity in an isolated community in north east India.


Regional Medical Research Centre, NE Region, (ICMR), Dibrugarh

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A C Phukan
Regional Medical Research Centre, NE Region, (ICMR), Dibrugarh

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Prevalence of anti-HCV among the people at risk and general population were reported across the globe. We investigated HCV activity among the members of "Lisu" community settled in a remote and isolated area of Changlang District, Arunachal Pradesh during 1999-2000. The families were scattered with 380 households. Blood samples were collected from 76 (35 males and 45 females) apparently healthy individuals from randomly selected 10% families. Sera were processed for detection for antibody to HCV by using 3rd generation ELISA kit. All the persons were within the age of 18-98 years and 75% of them were uneducated and 92% were cultivators. The prevalence of anti-HCV was found to be very high (7.89%). Since the HCV activity is high in an isolated community, transmission dynamics study will be interesting for this epidemiologically important viral disease.


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