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Research Paper | Medicine Science | Albania | Volume 5 Issue 12, December 2016
Distribution of HCV Genotype among the Patients Treated for Chronic Hepatitis C in Albania
Abstract: Background Distribution of Hepatitis C Virus [HCV] genotypes may be changed over time. Epidemiological studies on distribution models of HCV genotypes in Albanian population might assist for better treatment options and preventive strategies. Aims This study was conducted to determine distribution HCV genotypes in Albania by gender and age among the patients treated for HCV. Methodology In this cross-sectional study, between April 2006 and December 2015, 265 patients identified with hepatitis C and under treatment were included. Frequency of different genotypes among patients was assessed according to gender, age at the time of sampling. Results. HCV genotype 1b was the predominant genotype [56 %] followed by genotype 2a/2c [17 %] among the Albanian patients with chronic HCV. A higher prevalence of 1b genotype of HCV was observed among male patients and those younger. Conclusion. Genotype 1b is the most prevalent genotype of HCV among the Albanian patients with chronic HCV. The sex and age affect the distribution of the genotype of HCV.
Keywords: genotype, HCV, Albania
Edition: Volume 5 Issue 12, December 2016,
Pages: 484 - 487