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International Journal of Infectious Diseases: Volume 3, Number 4
Hepatitis G Virus: Molecular Organization, Methods of Detection, Prevalence, and Disease Association
Magdalena Robaczewska, MSc; Lucyna Cova, MD; Anna J. Podhajska, MD, DSci; and Bogdan Falkiewicz, MSc, MB, BS

Int J Infect Dis 1999; 3:220-233.

This article reviews data on hepatitis G virus (HGV) prevalence and possible disease associations in various groups of patients. An important fraction of acute or chronic hepatitis cases probably have a viral etiology and are not attributable to known hepatitis viruses. Therefore, researchers continually are looking for new hepatitis viruses. Among the agents found are members of GB hepatitis viruses, including GB-C virus, or HGV. This review presents the history of the discovery of HGV, its molecular biology and some methods of detection; results of clinical and molecular studies of HGV infection also are discussed.

KEYWORDS: flaviviruses, hepatitis, hepatitis G virus, methods of virus detection, risk groups, routes of transmission

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