The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 61, Issue 5, pp 545–549

Hepatitis A, B and C seroprevalence in Pakistan

  • Mubina Agboatwalla
  • Shin Isomura
  • Kyouji Miyake
  • Teruo Yamashita
  • Takayuki Morishita
  • Dure Samin Akram
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF02751716

Cite this article as:
Agboatwalla, M., Isomura, S., Miyake, K. et al. Indian J Pediatr (1994) 61: 545. doi:10.1007/BF02751716

Abstract

A cross sectional study was conducted to determine the seroprevalence of Hepatitis A, B, and C virus in healthy Pakistani children. HAV IgG antibody was assayed in 258 subjects and it was found that 94% children by 5 years of age had HAV IgG-antibody. The overall seroprevalence of HAV IgG antibody was 55.8% and IgM 5.3%. HBVsAb levels assayed in 236 healthy children showed a seroprevalence of 2.97%. Similarly, HCV antibody seroprevalence was found to be a low 0.44% in healthy children. HAV is a major cause of Hepatitis, as compared to HBV and HCV which are of low endemicity.

Key words

Hepatitis A virus—(HAV)Hepatitis B virus—(HBV)Hepatitis C virus—(HCV)Hepatitis B virus surface antibody (HBVsAb)

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mubina Agboatwalla
    • 1
  • Shin Isomura
    • 2
  • Kyouji Miyake
    • 3
  • Teruo Yamashita
    • 3
  • Takayuki Morishita
    • 3
  • Dure Samin Akram
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Pediatrics, Unit-IICivil HospitalKarachiPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Medical ZoologyNagoya University School of MedicineNagoya
  3. 3.Aichi Prefectural Institute of Public HealthNagoya(Japan)
  4. 4.Overseas Co-operative Housing SocietyKarachiPakistan