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Original Article Seroprevalence of antibody to the hepatitis C virus in methamphetamine abusers.
Jin Kyoo Kim, Ji Ho Lee, Byung Mann Cho, Soo Il Lee
Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health 1991;24(4):465-472
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Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, College of Medicine, Pusan National University, Korea.

This study was designed to estimate the prevalence of hepatitis C virus(HCV) infection in drug abusers. The subjects were 141 inpatients who had been admitted to a general hospital with the symptoms and signs of methamphetamine intoxication. Seroprevalence of antibody to the hepatitis C virus(anti-HCV) was 60.3%,(85/141) and it was higher in the group with increased frequency and duration of drug abuse, but such a relationship was not found in the seroprevalence of hepatitis B surface antigen(HBsAg). These findings suggested the possibility of high prevalence of HCV infection in methamphetamine abusers, and the importance of repetitive percutaneous injection in the transmission of HCV infection.

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