GB virus C/hepatitis G virus infection among Colombian native Indians

Yasuhito Tanaka, Masashi Mizokami, Etsuro Orito, Ken Ichi Ohba, Tatsunori Nakano, Takanobu Kato, Yutaka Kondo, Xin Ding, Ryuzo Ueda, Shunro Sonoda, Kazuo Tajima, Tomoyuki Miura, Masanori Hayami

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To elucidate the prevalence of GB virus C/hepatitis G virus (GBV-C/HGV) infection in Colombian native Indians, serum GBV-C/HGV RNA was assayed in 163 native Indians and 67 members of the general population in Colombia. The native Indians (males:females = 40:123) and the members of the general population (males: females = 20:47) were tested by reverse transcription- semi-nested polymerase chain reaction. Of the 163 native Indians, 10 (6.1%) were positive for GBV-C/HGV RNA, compared with one (1.5%) of 67 from the general population. All Indians were negative for hepatitis B surface antigen and antibody to hepatitis C virus. Of 10 Indians with GBV-C/HGV RNA, the genotype of nine subjects was the Asian type. These data indicated that 1) the prevalence of GBV-C/HGV RNA in Colombian native Indians is high, and 2) GBV-C/HGV was probably brought from Asia and inherited for generations in some native Indian groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 09-1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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