The seroprevalence of anti-HCV antibody was studied among 2,749 children and teenagers (1,438 males and 1,311 females) living in Italy. Anti-HCV antibody testing was positive by both EIA and RIBA in ten (0.36%) subjects. The positivity rate increased with age, ranging from 0 among children less than 6 years of age to 0.8% among those aged 17-19 years x2 linear regression=0.038). Anti-HCV prevalence ranged from 0.2% in northeastern regions and in Apulia to 0.6% in Sicily and Sardinia (p>0.005), and no difference was seen between males (0.35%, C.I. 95%: 0.04-0.66) and females (0.38%, C.I. 95%:0.04-0.66) (Fisher's exact test=0.565). From these data it appears that in Italy HCV infection is an uncommon event during childhood.
|Titolo:||Low prevalence of anti-HCV antibody among italian children.|
ROMANO', LUISA (Primo)
ZANETTI, ALESSANDRO REMO (Ultimo)
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/42 - Igiene Generale e Applicata|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1994|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/BF01715545|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|