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Prevalence of Hepatitis B and C virus infection in IDP’s Camp of North Waziristan Agency and FR-Bakakhel of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Fazal Rahim, Mehboob Khan, Hameed Ur Rehman, Muhammad Ilyas Khan, Hasim Ud Din, Muhammad Zubair, Taimur Khan, Fayaz Khan, Waqas Ahmad, Nasir Mahmood, Khaleel Ullah, Matiullah, Wahid Shah, Malik Nawaz Shuja

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Int. J. Biosci.14(3), 237-242, March 2019

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/14.3.237-242

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The prevalence of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C infections was assessed among IDPs Camp North Waziristan Agency in Bakakhel FR-Bannu of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province as there is insufficient published literature on this subject. HBsAg and AntiHCV screening were done in IDPs Camp aged between 1 to 70 years of both sexes in various Tribals of North Waziristan Agency. A total of 1000 subjects were screened for hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C, 730 male and 270 female subjects. The total prevalence of Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C was found to be 11.2% (112/1000). Individually, the prevalence of hepatitis-B in population of IDPs Camp was 7.00% (70/1000) and it was more common in male subjects 7.1% (52/730) in comparison to female subjects with 6.7% (18/270). The prevalence of hepatitis-C in the population of IDPs Camp North Waziristan was 4.2% (42/1000) and it was less common in male subjects 4.1% (30/730) in comparison to 4.5% (12/270) in female subjects. The prevalence of Hepatitis-B and Hepatitis-C in the normal population of IDPs Camp North Waziristan in Bakakhel FR-Bannu was found to be 7.00% and 4.2%. Compared to general populations of Pakistan, the seroprevalence of Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C is high in the normal population of IDPs Camp North Waziristan Agency. It might be possible to conclude that these IDPs of North Waziristan populations perhaps are at higher risk of contracting hepatitis-B and hepatitis-C infections as compared to other populations.

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