A review of the burden of hepatitis C virus infection in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan

Heather Bennett, Nathalie Waser, Karissa Johnston, Jia-Horng Kao, Young-Suk Lim, Zhongping Duan, Youn-Jae Lee, Lai Wei, Chien-Jen Chen, William Sievert, Yong Yuan, Hong Li

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is associated with substantial clinical and economic burden and is an important public health issue in Asia. The objective of this review was to characterize HCV epidemiology and related complications in China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. A search of electronic databases and conference abstracts identified 71 potentially relevant articles. Of those, 55 were included in the epidemiology review and 9 in the review of HCV-related complications. HCV prevalence in the general population was 1.6 in China, 0.6-0.9 in Japan, 0.6-1.1 in South Korea and 1.8-5.5 in Taiwan. Prevalence was higher for injecting drug users (48-90 ) and those with human immunodeficiency virus coinfection (32-85 ) and was lower for blood donors (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378 - 390
Number of pages13
JournalHepatology International
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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