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Isr J Med Sci. 1993 Jun-Jul;29(6-7):387-9.

Prevalence of markers of infection with hepatitis B and C viruses in immigrants of operation Solomon, 1991.

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Department of Internal Medicine, Central Emek Hospital, Afula, Israel.


Sera of 200 recent Ethiopian immigrants (less than 1 year in Israel) were tested for the presence of antibodies against hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. The prevalence of the various markers was: anti-hepatitis B core antigen (anti-HBc) 52%, and hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) 11.5%. None of the HBs-positive sera tested positive for IgM-anti core. Sixty-eight sera from nonvaccinated subjects were tested for anti-HBs, and 12 of them were anti-HBc negative/anti-HBs positive (the only positive marker was anti-HBs). Four of 23 HBsAg-positive sera were HBcAg positive (17%), and only 1 of 18 HBeAg-negative sera was positive for anti-e antibodies. Antibodies to hepatitis C were positive in 6/200 sera (3%).

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