Journal of Advances in Health and Medical Sciences
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Journal ISSN: 2517-9616
Article DOI: https://doi.org/10.20474/jahms-2.1.4
Received: 25 September 2014
Accepted: 20 July 2015
Published: 22 February 2016
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  • Prevalence of hepatitis C virus antibodies among blood donors in Omdurman region in Sudan

Mahasin AL-Noor, Altayeb Elazomi,Ahmed Babiker. Azhari Mekki Babiker

Published online: 2016

Abstract

Infection with HCV is a major cause of transfusion associated hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. This study was conducted with an objective to estimate the prevalence rate of anti –HCV antibody among voluntary blood donors attending the transfusion department at Omdurman hospitals. A cross –sectional study was conducted from 2nd of January to 27th of March 2007. The rapid test method was used and confirmed with the ELISA (third generation).The population included 1672 Sudanese person. The age of the donors (all males) was between 18–45 years with a mean of 36 years. Anti-HCV antibody was detected in 1.016% of the study population. The prevalence of anti –HCV among voluntary blood donors was 1.02 %. Routine screening for HCV should be conducted for all blood donors before they are accepted for donation.