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Evaluation of Hepatitis C Surveillance in Poland in 1998
J. Mazurek, Y. Hutin, L.-A. McNutt and D. L. Morse
Epidemiology and Infection
Vol. 129, No. 1 (Aug., 2002), pp. 119-125
Published by: Cambridge University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3865053
Page Count: 7
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The aim was to evaluate hepatitis C surveillance in Poland during 1998. Hepatitis C reports were obtained from epidemiology offices. Public health staff were interviewed to collect information on surveillance operations. To estimate the proportion of acute cases among the total reported, a study was conducted in the Warsaw district to validate case reports. A total of 1661 (97·2%) hepatitis C cases were studied. Hepatitis C surveillance was timely and acceptable to the user, but did not provide a number of information elements required to differentiate acute from chronic cases of infection. Of the 268 case reports available in the Warsaw district, only 15 (5·6%) met the acute hepatitis C case definition. It is concluded that hepatitis C surveillance in Poland cannot provide useful incidence estimates and information regarding risk factors for acute infection. A strict case definition and a modified case form with specific questions for HCV transmission routes should be applied.
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