Revista Cubana de Medicina
On-line version ISSN 1561-302X
SANTANA HERNANDEZ, Rita Rosa; MARTINEZ CORDOVA, Zuzet; MARTINEZ ECHEVERRIA, María Teresa and MATO LUIS, Jorge. Hepatitis C virus present in hemodialysis units from Cuban western region. Rev cubana med [online]. 2009, vol.48, n.3, pp. 28-35. ISSN 1561-302X.
Hemodialysis population is a high risk group related to hepatitis C virus infection. Authors made a multicenter analysis on infection prevalence of hepatitis C virus in dialysis units of western region applying serologic and molecular techniques observing if there significant differences as regards the application of both techniques. We achieved high values of anti-CHV antibody prevalence in all dialysis units (76 %) as well as the estimated prevalence applying viral RNA detection (55 %). There were not significant differences (k) as regards application of both techniques in most of analyzed dialysis units. Viral high prevalence is associated with nosocomial transmission caused by no-fulfillment of established universal precaution standards.
Keywords : C hepatitis; hemodialysis; prevalence; molecular diagnosis.