HBV epidemiology and genetic diversity in an area of high prevalence of hepatitis B in southern Brazil.

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The Brazilian journal of infectious diseases : an official publication of the Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases, ISSN: 1678-4391, Vol: 22, Issue: 4, Page: 294-304

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Paoli, Juliana de; Wortmann, André Castagna; Klein, Mirelli Gabardo; Pereira, Vagner Reinaldo Zingalli Bueno; Cirolini, Adriana Maria; Godoy, Bibiane Armiliato de; Fagundes, Nelson Jurandi Rosa; Wolf, Jonas Michel; Lunge, Vagner Ricardo; Simon, Daniel
Elsevier BV; Brazilian Society of Infectious Diseases
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Hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a major public health problem in Brazil. HBV endemicity is usually moderate to low according to geographic regions, and high prevalence of this virus has been reported in people of some specific Brazilian counties, including those with a strong influence of Italian colonization in southern Brazil. Analysis of HBV diversity and identification of the main risk factors to HBV infection are necessary to understand hepatitis B epidemiology in these high prevalence regions in southern Brazil.