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Prevalence of GB virus C/hepatitis G virus among blood donors in north-eastern Brazil

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We tested 70 blood donors from Fortaleza (Ceara state, Brazil) for GB virus C/hepatitis G virus (GBV/HGV) infection by polymerase chain reaction and detection of antienvelope antibodies. Twenty-seven (38.6%) showed signs of an active or resolved infection. Sixty-four percent of those with indications of other blood-borne viral infections showed signs of GBV-C/HGV infection also.
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Keywords: Brazil; Fortaleza; GBV-C; HGV; blood-borne viruses; transfusion

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Laboratory of Virology, Cliniques Universitaires St Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Bruxelles, Belgium 2: Blood Transfusion Center, Hemoce, Fortaleza, Brazil

Publication date: 1999-05-01

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