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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:10, October, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(10): 330-341

Detection and Identification of Hepatitis B, C and HIV in Benghazi city, Libya
Hanan I. Abdalla IL Fergani1* and Ismaeel H. Bozakouk1,2
1Microbiology, Botany Department, Faculty of Science, University of Benghazi, Libya
2Microbiology Department, Al Razi medical Centre, Benghazi, Libya
*Corresponding author

Libya is one of the largest countries in Africa and has the longest coast in the Mediterranean basin facing southern Europe. High rates of prevalence of viral hepatitis and HIV infection have been observed in various regions in Africa, however, prevalence of hepatitis B, C and HIV infection in Benghazi, Libya is not well documented. This study was designed to detect and identify the hepatitis viruses B, C and HIV among community in Benghazi city. In this study, we focused on three human resources including adult Libyan nationals, Libyan children and foreigner workers. Also as a selective sources representing the majority of serology referencing including four medical centre are a privet laboratory is Al Razi medical Centre and three governmental medical centers including Benghazi Centre of infectious diseases, Children hospital, and the medical Laboratory of Red crescent centre. Benghazi, Libya. In this study, we identified the extent of the viral infection at the local level, where the samples included 800 patients represented of all age groups with 200 samples from each source. The results showed that, the infection with HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) and HCV were (6.4%) and (5%) respectively and HIV virus was (1.9%). The prevalence of HCV increased with age, in contrast the prevalence of HBs Ag and HIV infection are common in young people. From this study, we concluded that infection with HBV, HCV, and HIV areobvious problem in Libya. A community-based study should be planned for targeting at risk and non-at risk subjects to investigate the extent of this problem and its impact on the community with an effort to develop preventive strategies.

Keywords: Hepatitis B, C and HIV,hepatocellular carcinoma.

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Hanan I. Abdalla IL Fergani and Ismaeel H. Bozakouk. 2016. Detection and Identification of Hepatitis B, C and HIV in Benghazi city, Libya.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(10): 330-341. doi:
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