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Epidemiology and transmission of hepatitis A virus

  • Edouard Kurstak
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Abstract

Extensive epidemiologic observations and experimental studies have closely defined the epidemiological characteristics of viral hepatitis A (MacCallum, 1972). Judicious use of specific diagnostic laboratory tests have helped differentiate the various forms of human viral hepatitis and provided conclusive answers to questions confronting the epidemiology of hepatitis A virus infection. Despite identification of subtile differences in incubation period, site of replication, route and duration of excretion, a close analogy exists between the epidemilogy of hepatitis A virus and that of poliovirus.

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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edouard Kurstak
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  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of MontrealCanada
  2. 2.World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.King Fahad National Guard HospitalRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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