Study finds hepatitis C perinatal transmission rate of 28.6% in India

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an important emerging cause of liver disease in India. Although large epidemiological studies in India are scarce, estimates from small regional studies place the prevalence in the range of 0.09-7.89% (J Biosci, 2008). Since the widespread adoption of blood product screening has reduced transmission via blood transfusions, maternal-child transmission during the perinatal period has become the leading cause of infections in children.

In an effort to quantify the rate of perinatal transmission of HCV, researchers at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab, India, enrolled pregnant women into a study that tracked transmission of the virus. Of the 488 women enrolled in the study over the course of a year, 8 (1.6%) tested...

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