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Title: Hepatotropic Viruses in the Brazilian Amazon: A Health Threat
Other Titles: The Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Authors: Paraná, Raymundo
Vitvitski, Ludmila
Pereira, Joao Eduardo
Keywords: Brazil;Amazonian;hepatitis viruses;South America
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: Viral Hepatitis B, C and D are a serious public health problem in Brazil and other South American countries, mainly in the Amazonian region. Despite the paucity of clinical and epidemiological studies, a high prevalence of Hepatitis viruses has often been described in this area. Genotype F of Hepatitis B and Genotype III of Hepatitis D have been found to be quite prevalent in this area and preliminary studies have implicated both genotypes in carcinogenesis and peculiar pathogenic liver mechanisms. Initial epidemiological studies have further demonstrated a high prevalence of Hepatitis C in the western Brazilian Amazon. The geographic, cultural, ethnic and environmental aspects of this region may favor hepatotropic virus dissemination, as well as rendering difficult the implementation of governmental programs in the treatment of patients and prevention of disease dissemination.
Description: p.253-256
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/5037
ISSN: 1678-4391
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