Preliminary investigation on intrafamilial spread of hepatitis C virus (HCV)
To determine the risk of cohabitant HCV infection, we investigated the sera of 101 family members of 53 anti-HCV antibody positive chronic liver disease patients. Altogether 14.8% of the cohabitants were also anti-HCV antibody positive, compared to a prevalence of 1.4% in the general population. These results suggest that hepatitis-C-virus may spread by person-to-person infection.
KeywordsChronic Liver Disease Blood Donor Preliminary Investigation Sexual Transmission Fact Sharing
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