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Unsuitable hepatitis C testing kit being used in India

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:955
  1. Rohit Sharma
  1. Mumbai

    Hepatitis C virus is emerging as a major public health challenge in India, specialists said at a conference in New Delhi last week.

    “Seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus in the Indian population is around 1.5-2%,” said Dr Subrata Kumar Panda of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.

    Every year between 1.5 million and two million Indians die from chronic liver disease. “If you take all chronic liver disease cases in India, nearly 15% are due to hepatitis C virus and 45% are due to hepatitis …

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