Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 76–78 | Cite as

Prevalence of Hepatitis B and C Viruses Among Asylum Seekers in Izmir

  • Şükran Köse
  • Lütfiye KuzucuEmail author
  • Ayhan Gözaydın
  • Tanju Yılmazer
Original Paper


Hepatitis B and C virus infections are known to be an important health problem all over the World. According to the data from World Health Organization, 350 million people are estimated to have been chronically infected by hepatitis B virus and 180 million people have been infected by hepatitis C virus. Most of the patients are not aware of their illnesses. Hepatitis B and C virus infections are the most common cause of sequel liver disease related to decompensate liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Many people are obliged to leave their country due to political, economic and social reasons. In Turkey, where there is refugee and asylum seeker problem because of geographical location, we aimed to specify the demographic characteristics of asylum seekers in Izmir and to evaluate the asylum seekers in terms of blood-borne and sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis B and C.


Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Refugee Asylum seeker 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Şükran Köse
    • 1
  • Lütfiye Kuzucu
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ayhan Gözaydın
    • 2
  • Tanju Yılmazer
    • 3
  1. 1.Infectious Diseases and Clinical MicrobiologyTepecik Education and Research HospitalIzmirTurkey
  2. 2.Infectious Diseases and Clinical MicrobiologyPrivate Hospital of Medi-tech FatsaOrduTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Family MedicineTepecik Education and Research HospitalIzmirTurkey

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