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Title: Hepatitis B infection in Malta : a retrospective cross sectional study
Authors: Vella, Roberta
Spiteri, Danica
Farrugia, Angel
Caruana, Nichola
Pocock, James
Keywords: Hepatitis B -- Malta
Hepatitis B -- Statistics
Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B -- Treatment
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Malta Medical Journal
Citation: Malta Medical Journal. 2012, Vol.24(3), p. 13-16
Abstract: Chronic Hepatitis B infection can lead to significant morbidity and mortality. Case notes of patients who tested positive for HBsAg between 1st Dec 2007 and 29th October 2009 were reviewed (n=197) . The results show that 2/3 (65%) of the study population were male and that HBV infection was detected across all age groups. About ¼ (25.4%) of the study group were foreigners. 79% of Maltese patients testing postive did not have any identifiable risk factors documented in their case notes for acquiring HBV. In more than 60% of patients who tested positive further assessment to determine suitability for treatment was not performed and only 6.6 % of the study population received treatment for HBV.
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