Medical Microbiology and Immunology

, Volume 200, Issue 1, pp 7–11 | Cite as

Hidden hazards of HCV transmission

Review

Abstract

Hepatitis C virus infection is a global health problem that has important epidemiological and clinical consequences. It has been well established that exposure to infected blood is the main risk factor for HCV transmission. However, in 20% of cases the agent transmission occurs by unknown route or in the presence of an unidentified source of infection. Understanding of the epidemiology of HCV is needed to help us define future control and preventive strategies. Herein, we discuss about diagnosis of HCV infection and hepatitis C surveillance in the context of its transmission.

Keywords

Hepatitis C virus Acute exacerbation Chronic hepatitis HCV transfusion-transmitted HCV diagnosis HCV infection 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratório de Virologia Humana, Instituto de Patologia Tropical e Saúde PúblicaUniversidade Federal de GoiásGoiânia-GoiásBrazil
  2. 2.Central Goiana de Sorologia, Imuno-hematologia e Biologia MolecularGoiânia-GoBrazil
  3. 3.Hospital Materno-InfantilGoiânia-GoiásBrazil
  4. 4.Goiânia-GoiásBrazil

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