Epidemiology of Hepatitis E in Pregnant Women and Children in Iran: A General Overview

Taherkhani, Reza and Farshadpour, Fatemeh (2016) Epidemiology of Hepatitis E in Pregnant Women and Children in Iran: A General Overview. Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology, 4. pp. 269-276.


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From an epidemiological point of view, hepatitis E is an old infection in Iran, but only recently has its importance as a public health concern been considered from research and public health standpoints. As such, there is still a long road ahead to clarify the real burden of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection in Iran. According to the available epidemiological studies, the seroprevalence of HEV infection among pregnant women is between 3.6% and 7.4%, and among Iranian children is between 0.9% to 8.5%, varying by geographic regions within the country and directly dependent upon the sanitary status of each. In addition to evaluating the sanitation level of a society, community-based seroprevalence studies of HEV infection demonstrate the most prevalent risk factors, the major routes of transmission, and the epidemiological patterns of HEV among that country’s population. In this review, the current knowledge about the pathogenesis and epidemiology of HEV infection in pregnant women and children in Iran, as well as the recent advances in diagnosis, prevention and treatment of HEV infection have been summarized.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WC Communicable Diseases
Divisions: Faculty of Medicin
Depositing User: زهرا صفایی
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 08:16
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2018 08:16
URI: http://eprints.bpums.ac.ir/id/eprint/6201

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