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HBV prevalence in rural Chinese men declines to 'intermediate endemic'

August 31, 2015

Updated baseline data suggest the prevalence of hepatitis B virus infection in men in rural China changed from highly endemic in 2006 to intermediate endemic in 2012, but researchers stressed that the number of hepatitis B-infected men and those susceptible to the virus remains large.

Researchers evaluated data from a nationwide population-based study of men aged 21 to 49 years to provide the most recent baseline data for improving the HBV prevention and control program in rural China. Data originated from the National Free Preconception Health Examination Project, a physical checkup program for couples of reproductive age. Serological samples were tested using ELISA.

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