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1 Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa state, Nigeria

2 Federal University Wukari, Taraba state, Nigeria


Malaria and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections are significant public health challenges when they overlap geographic distributions. There is potential for co-infections and syndemism of both pathogens due to the rising incidence of the overlap between regions endemic for hepatitis C virus and malaria. Hence, the aim of this study was to determine the sero-prevalence of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) and malaria co-infection among outpatients attending General Hospital Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria. A total of 100 outpatients consisting of 30 males and 70 females within the age of 11 to 70 years were randomly recruited to the study. Rapid diagnostic test kits were used to screen for HCV and malaria among the outpatients. Of the 100 outpatients screened, 12 (12%) were sero-positive for HCV while 4(4%) were sero-positive for Malaria. Of the 12 HCV sero-positive patients, 4 (13.33%) were male while 8 (11.43%) were females. Furthermore, all malaria sero-positive patients were male. Likewise, malaria and HCV co-infection in this study was 2%. Although low, the prevalence of HCV infection, malaria and HCV-malaria co-infection are worrisome especially in this area. Hence, patients should be encouraged to go for routine screening and know their infection status so as to prevent complications due to active infection.

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Unveiling Co-Infections: Hepatitis C Virus And Malaria Sero-Prevalence Among Outpatients Attending General Hospital Wukari In Taraba State, Nigeria


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