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J Liaquat Uni Med Health Sci. 2009; 8(3): 190-191

Hepatitis C and Depression

Bader Faiyaz Zuberi.

Hepatitis C is one of the major health related problem
being faced by Pakistan, with prevalence as high as
16% in certain localities.1 It is estimated that more
than 170 million people in world are infected by Hepatitis
C Virus (HCV). This represents about 2.5% of
world population from which about 32.3 million are in
South East Asia.2, 3 Due to unavailability of vaccine
the world wide prevalence of HCV infection has not
shown a downward trend as seen in hepatitis B. Although
both share the same modes of spread, about
3-4 million new cases of HCV infection are reported
each year.2, 4 Depression is the third common adverse
effect of HCV infection reported in 70% of HCV infected
patients, preceded by physical fatigue (86%)
and irritability (74%).5

Key words: Hepatitis C

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