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Prevalence and Incidence of Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Male Prison Inmates in Maryland

D. Vlahov, K. E. Nelson, T. C. Quinn and N. Kendig
European Journal of Epidemiology
Vol. 9, No. 5 (Sep., 1993), pp. 566-569
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3520957
Page Count: 4
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Prevalence and Incidence of Hepatitis C Virus Infection among Male Prison Inmates in Maryland
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Abstract

To identify incidence of antibody to hepatitis C virus among 265 male prison inmates, we assayed paired serum specimens obtained at intake in 1985-1986 with follow-up specimens in 1987. Intake prevalence was 38 percent. Seroincidence was 1.1/100 person years in prison. This finding might reflect saturation of high-risk subgroups or possibly reduced frequency of exposures following incarceration.

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