Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Illegal blood sales in Hebei lead to 40% hepatitis C infection rate

Many rural Hebei blood donors have chronic hepatitis C and urgently need care
 by Michael Woodhead

More than 40% of Hebei villagers who took part in illegal blood donation sales have contracted hepatitis C, Beijing researchers have found.
A study of 520 villagers in rural Hebei found that 45% had taken part in illegal commercial plasma and blood donation activities in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
 Of the 236 people who had sold their blood or plasma, evidence of hepatitis C infection was found in 101 (42.8%). Overall, hepatitis C seropositivity was confirmed in 148 of the 520 (28.5%) villagers interviewed.
Dr Huang Changhong and co-researchers from the Institute for Viral Disease Control and Prevention at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing said that selling plasma was the strongest independent predictor of hepatitis C virus seropositivity, while past history of an operation was also independently associated with hepatitis C virus infection.
"Unsafe practices during illegal plasma donation led to a high risk of hepatitis C virus seropositivity for donors during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Many infected people suffered chronic hepatitis from that time onwards and urgently need treatment and care," they conclude.
Read more: International Journal of Infectious Diseases

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