Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 100, Issue 5, pp 349–352 | Cite as

Identification of Chronic Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Co-infection in British Columbia from 1991 to 2007

  • Lily Fang
  • Amanda Yu
  • Jane A. Buxton
Quantitative Research



To determine the chronic HBV/HCV co-infection identification rate in British Columbia, and examine the demographic characteristics, the order of virus identification, and trends of co-infection over time.


All newly identified cases of chronic HBV/HCV co-infection between 1991 and October 2007 were extracted from the BC integrated Public Health Information System. Differences according to sex and order of hepatitis identification were evaluated using chi-square, t-tests, and ANOVA.


Of 1,815 HBV/HCV co-infected residents, 71.6% were male and the mean age at co-infection diagnosis was 40.5 years (95% CI, 40.0-41.0; range 3–85 years). Among all persons identified with HCV infection, 3.1% were identified as co-infected with HBV and 5.2% of all chronic HBV-infected were diagnosed with HCV. Annual co-infection identification rates peaked at 5.3 per 100,000 in 1996. Females were significantly younger when they were first diagnosed with a hepatitis virus (p=0.0005) at 35.2 years (95% CI, 34.0-36.5; range 3–79 years) than males at 37.9 years (95% CI, 37.0-39.7; range 4–85 years). The majority of co-infections consisted of concurrent diagnoses until 2003; since then, the number of co-infected cases identified with HBV first, HCV first and concurrent virus identification is similar.


HBV/HCV co-infection identification rates have declined since the late 1990s, but appropriate testing and identification for both viruses are important. Some co-infection cases may be prevented through HBV vaccination and harm reduction activities for those with or at risk for HCV.

Key words

Hepatitis B hepatitis C British Columbia 



Déterminer le taux de signalement des coinfections chroniques par le VHB et le VHC en Colombie-Britannique et en examiner le profil démographique, l’ordre dans lequel les virus sont signalés et les tendances des coinfections au fil du temps.


Nous avons extrait du Système intégré d’information sur la santé publique de la Colombie-Britannique tous les cas nouvellement signalés de coinfections chroniques par le VHB et le VHC survenus entre 1991 et octobre 2007. Les écarts selon le sexe et l’ordre de signalement de l’hépatite ont été évalués à l’aide d’analyses du khi-carré, de tests t et d’analyses de la variance.


Sur les 1,815 résidents coinfectés par le VHB et le ^VHC, 71,6 % étaient des hommes, et l’âge moyen lors du diagnostic de coinfection était de 40,5 ans (IC de 95 %, 40,0-41,0; intervalle de 3 à 85 ans). Parmi les sujets infectés par le ^VHC, 3,1 % étaient coinfectés par le VHB; 5,2 % des sujets présentant une infection chronique par le VHB avaient reçu un diagnostic d’infection par le VHC. Le taux de signalement annuel des coinfections a atteint un sommet de 5,3 p. 100 000 en 1996. À 35,2 ans, les femmes étaient significativement plus jeunes lors du premier diagnostic d’un virus de l’hépatite (p=0,0005) (IC de 95 %, 34,0-36,5; intervalle de 3 à 79 ans) que les hommes, à 37,9 ans (IC de 95 %, 37,0-39,7; intervalle de 4 à 85 ans). Jusqu’en 2003, dans la majorité des coinfections, les deux virus étaient diagnostiqués en même temps; depuis, le nombre de cas où le VHB est signalé en premier, le VHC en premier ou les deux virus en même temps est semblable.


Les taux de signalement des coinfections par le VHB et le VHC diminuent depuis la fin des années 1990, mais il demeure important de dépister et de signaler convenablement les deux virus. Chez les sujets exposés ou infectés par le VHC, certains cas de coinfections peuvent être prévenus par le vaccin contre le VHB et par des mesures de réduction des méfaits.

Mots clés

hépatite B hépatite C Colombie-Britannique 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.British Columbia Centre for Disease ControlVancouverCanada
  2. 2.Department of Public Health SciencesUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.School of Population and Public Health, BC Centre for Disease ControlUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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