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Khan N.U.,Institute Of Biotechnology And Genetic Engineering Nwfp Agricultural University | Siddique L.,Institute Of Biotechnology And Genetic Engineering Nwfp Agricultural University | Ali I.,Institute Of Biotechnology And Genetic Engineering Nwfp Agricultural University | Iqbal A.,Institute Of Biotechnology And Genetic Engineering Nwfp Agricultural University | And 5 more authors.
African Journal of Biotechnology | Year: 2010

Hepatitis B is a fatal liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus. In this study, blooddonors from various districts of the North-western frontier province and the federally administered tribal area (FATA) of Pakistan were tested for HBsAg and HBV DNA by ICT (Immuno-chromatographic test), ELISA and RTPCR. Out of the 7148 blood donors, 244 (3.41%) were positive for HBsAg by ICT, 147 (2.05%) by ELISA while 132 (1.85%) were positive by PCR. Our data indicates that the incidence of hepatitis B has decreased in these regions in recent times. © 2010 Academic Journals. Source

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