Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 2 Issue: 2

Socio-demographic Characteristics as Risk Factors for Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Pregnant Women in Iraq

Waqar A. Al-Kubaisy1* and Amjad D. Niazi2
1Faculty of Medicine, Department of Population Health and Preventive Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Malaysia
2Faculty of Medicine, Al-Nahrain University, Baghdad, Iraq
Corresponding author : Waqar A. Al-Kubaisy
Faculty of Medicine, Department of Population Health and Preventive Medicine, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM), Sungai Buloh Campus, Sungai Buloh, Malaysia
Tel: +6 03-6126 7173
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: January 25, 2013 Accepted: March 23, 2013 Published: March 27, 2013
Citation: Al-Kubaisy WA, Niazi AD (2013) Socio-demographic Characteristics as Risk Factors for Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Pregnant Women in Iraq. J Womens Health, Issues Care 2:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000106

Abstract

Socio-demographic Characteristics as Risk Factors for Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Pregnant Women in Iraq

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a major public health, affecting approximately 180 million persons worldwide. It was documented that HCV are accounting for 70%-90% of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cases worldwide. Interestingly, Ly et al. predicted that by year 2020, the annual death rate due to liver cirrhosis or HCC is expected to be around 18,000 persons. HCV infection considered as a significant major public health burden in both industrialized and developing countries. However, region specific variation in prevalence of HCV infection was detected with the highest prevalence were (15-20%) in Egypt.

Keywords: Pregnant woman; HCV infection; Risk factors; Life style; Cultural environment

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