ECDC: Systematic review on hepatitis B and C prevalence in the EU/EEA

Because chronic hepatitis B and C infections are typically asymptomatic, notification data reflect national screening and testing practices and do not give accurate insights into the prevalence of infections. In order to inform prevention efforts, supplementary information such as prevalence data are needed.

ECDC conducted a systematic review of the literature published between 2005–2015, with the aim to estimate the prevalence of hepatitis B and C in the general population and specific population subgroups in the EU/EEA Member States. This review is an update of an earlier review covering the period 2000–2009.

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