This study was conducted to investigate the prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections among blood donors in different regions in Ethiopia. A total of 56 885 sera were tested for HBsAg and anti-HCV antibodies. Of these, 3.9% were found HBsAg-positive, 0.52% anti-HCV-positive, and 0.054% dual positive. HBV prevalence was relatively higher in Adama (5.91%) than Gondar (4.05%), Jimma (3.87%), Addis Ababa (3.75%), and Tigray (3.7%); and in males (4.64%) than females (2.1%). Overall, HBV and HCV prevalence increased with age. In conclusion, HBV and HCV seroprevalence among blood donors in Ethiopia is intermediate and low, respectively.

ethiopia, HBV, HCV, seroepidemiology,
Journal of Medical Virology
Department of Virology

Hundie, G.B, Raj, V.S, GebreMichael, D. (Daniel), & Haagmans, B.L. (2017). Seroepidemiology of hepatitis B and C virus infections among blood donors in Ethiopia. Journal of Medical Virology, 89(7), 1300–1303. doi:10.1002/jmv.24770