Hepatitis B and C virus infection in mentally retarded patients

M. Campins, R. Orti, J. Rossello, I. Esteban, R. Jardi, J. M. Lucas, J. Vaque

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Aim: To study the prevalence of hepatitis C virus infection (HCV) and the associated risk factors in an institution for the mentally retarded, in addition to its relation with hepatitis B infection (HBV). Methods: The presence of antibodies against the HCV (anti-HCV) and markers for the HBV was evaluated in 94 mentally retarded subjects admitted to a single institution. Information concerning the sex, age, length of admission, type and degree of mental retardation, history of sexual promiscuity, surgery and blood transfusions was collected in every individual. Results: The prevalence of infection by HBV was 22.3%. Only one individual was detected as being positive for the HCV.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-136
JournalEnfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiologia Clinica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994


  • hepatitis B virus
  • hepatitis C virus
  • mentally retarded persons


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