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Public Health Effort Unwittingly Spread HCV

Science  02 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5424, pp. 27
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5424.27

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Roughly 24% of the people in Egypt are estimated to carry hepatitis C virus, making it the hardest hit country in the world. Researchers have long suspected that the culprit might be a decades-old strategy to combat a parasitic disease known as schistosomiasis; a new study takes this idea from the realm of the possible to the probable.