Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Egypt and hepatitis C
In nature magazine:
"Egypt has the highest prevalence of hepatitis C worldwide. And the epidemic will soon peak. Prevention demands political will, ample funding and a change in mindset.
The virus that was spread by this programme has a different genotype from HCV in most other countries. Egypt — and the Middle East more generally — is a stronghold for genotype 4 (ref. 3). By contrast, about 75% of HCV infections in Europe and the United States are of genotype 1. Consequently, most research conducted in the West has gone into the control and treatment of that genotype; there have been comparatively few studies on how to improve the treatment of patients with genotype 4."
This should be our national science project ... we have to fix it ourselves!