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Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de São Paulo

On-line version ISSN 1678-9946

Rev. Inst. Med. trop. S. Paulo vol.32 no.1 São Paulo Jan./Feb. 1990 



B and Delta hepatitis virus infection in a population of West Africa


Infecção pelo vírus da hepatite B e Delta em população da África Ocidental



N. ZanchettaI; P. ViganoII; M.P. FerrarioIII; G.B. PriuliIII; O. DjigbenoudeIII; G.P. NardiI; A. PaganoI

IInstitute of Hygiene, University Medical School, Milan, Italy
II2nd. Department of Infectious Diseases. L. Sacco Hospital, Milan, Italy
IIISt. Jean de Dieu Hospital. Tanguietà, R.P. Benin

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Among the 424 serum samples examined, the prevalence of hepatitis virus infection turned out to be 89.6%, with 15.6% of HBsAg positivity.
Some of the samples belonged to an afferent population and some other to workers of a West Africa rural hospital (Pop. Rep. of Benin). 27.3% of the positive subjects presented active replication of the virus, shown by the presence of HBeAg.
Among the HBcAb positive subjects the anti-delta antibodies showed a positivity frequency of 19.7%.
HBsAg presence in 15% of pregnant women suggested the importance of HBV mother-foetal transmission in the district.
The examined results can be compared with those obtained in other African areas, with similar socio-economic conditions.

Key words: B hepatitis; Delta hepatitis; West Africa.


Em 424 amostras de soros examinadas, a prevalência da infecção pelo vírus da hepatite B foi de 89,6% com 15,6% de posilividade para o HBsAg. Algumas das amostras pertenciam a uma população aferente e outras a pessoas trabalhando em hospital rural situado na África Ocidental (República Popular de Benin). 27,3% dos indivíduos soro-positivos evidenciaram replicação do vírus como demonstrado pela presença do HBeAg.
Nos indivíduos HBcAb positivos, os anticorpos anti-delta foram positivos em uma frequência de 19,7%.
A presença de HBsAg em 15% das mulheres gestantes eleva a importância da transmissão de HBV, da mãe para o filho, nesta região.
Os resultados apresentados podem ser comparados com aqueles obtidos em outras áreas da África, com condições sócio-econômicas semelhantes.



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The Authors thank the Health Minister of R.P. Benin, Dr. A. Atchade and the Head of Tanguietà District Mr. C.S. Assani, for their encouragement and cooperation.



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Address for correspondence:
Dr. Nadia Zanchetta
Ospedale L. Sacco; Laboratorio di Microbiologia
Via G.B. Grassi 74
Milano, 20157, Italia (Italy)

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