New Zealand subpopulation with HBV faced increased risk for HCC, mortality

  • July 29, 2014

People of Māori descent in New Zealand who acquired horizontally transmitted hepatitis B virus had an increased risk for hepatocellular carcinoma and liver-related mortality, according to recent study results.

Researchers conducted a comprehensive population seroprevalence study in the Kawerau township of New Zealand between February and April 1984. All residents were tested for current or past hepatitis B virus (HBV). Of 8,568 residents reviewed, 572 were positive for hepatitis B surface-antigen (HBsAg) and entered into the long-term study with monthly follow-ups.

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