Hepatitis G virus: Identification and prevalence

Peter Karayiannis, Howard C. Thomas

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Abstract

A new flavivirus, provisionally designated as hepatitis G virus, has recently been identified. Its genomic organization is similar to that of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) with which it has only 25% nucleotide homology. The virus is transmissible by blood transfusion, by exposure to blood products or by intravenous drug use. Concurrent infection with hepatitis B virus and HCV is common and persistent viraemia has been documented, in many cases in the absence of transaminase elevations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-240
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
Volume56
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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