SURVEILLANCE OF ANTI-HCV ANTIBODY AMONGST IN-SCHOOL YOUTH IN A NIGERIA UNIVERSITY

Dr Muhibi Musa Abidemi and Ifeanyichukwu M O2, Olawuyi A O3, Abulude A A2, Adeyemo M O 4, Muhibi M O5   (Published 2018)

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Abstract

ABSTRACT
Infection with Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) is a public health problem. Worldwide, there are about 170 million people infected with
HCV. HCV is transmitted through sex and use of contaminated sharp objects during tattooing or intravenous drug abuse. These
routes make youth to be more vulnerable. Transfusion and mother to child transmissions are also documented modes. This
study was carried out to determine sero-prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection among in school youth at Achievers University,
Owo in southwest Nigeria. Samples of blood were collected from 70 undergraduate students and sera harvested were tested for
the presence of antibodies against hepatitis C virus by Enzyme Immunoassay Technique. Most participants fall within age
range 21-25 (91.4%). The study showed that none of the subjects was positive for anti- HCV antibodies. Education and
awareness level might have impacted positively on this outcome. Thus routine screening for HCV and sustained awareness
creation activities to eradicate HCV and its attendant consequences from our society is of paramount importance.


Item Type: Journal article(non-copyrighted)
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Copyright: Creative Commons LicenseCreative Commons license
Keywords: MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
Department: Medical Laboratory Science
Field of Study: Medical Laboratory Science
Uploaded By: Uwaifo Ferdinand
Date Added: 18 Mar 2019 1:22pm
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019
Journal URL: https://www.edouniversity.edu.ng/oer/journal/surveillance_of_anti-hcv_antibody_amongst_in-school_youth_in_a_nigeria_university


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