Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Libya

Original article


M. G. Ahmed 1, M. A. ElBoussaifi 2, Ibrahim A. M. Eshnafl 3, Essam M. Azanl 4

1-Department of Medicine, Sebha Medical School and Dialysis Center 2nd March University Hospital. 2-Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Sebha University, Sebha, Libya. 3-Dept. of Biochemistry, Sebha Medical School & Laboratory Dept. of 2nd March University Hospital. 3-Dialysis Center, 2nd March University Hospital.

Sebha Med J. 1999; Vol. 2(1):1-3


This report describes hepatitis B Virus infection among blood donor population who attended the blood bank facility of 2nd March University Hospital during the period 1995-1997. Samples of serum obtained from donors were screened for hepatitis B surface antigen using hepatitis B surface antigen slide test.
Of a total of 3484 donors 186 (5.5%) subjects were positive for the hepatitis B surface antigen. Thus, hepatitis B virus infection in south Libya is comparable to international intermediate endemicity zones and needs to be addressed by the public health policy makers.

Keywords: Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Libya