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.

Low prevalence of anti-HCV antibody among italian children. / L. ROMANO’, A. AZARA, M. CHIARAMONTE, D. DE MATTIA, A. GIAMMANCO, M.E. MOSCHEN, B. SCARPA, T. STROFFOLINI, A.R. ZANETTI. - In: INFECTION. - ISSN 0300-8126. - 22:5(1994), pp. 350-352.

Low prevalence of anti-HCV antibody among italian children.

L. ROMANO’
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A.R. ZANETTI
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1994

Abstract

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.
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