UAE hepatitis C screening campaign reveals several dozen cases

02 August 2010

UAE health officials have said that a nationwide hepatitis C screening campaign in the country has detected dozens of cases in its first two months, The National has reported. The programme is being implemented by pharmaceutical company Roche and the Emirates Medical Association. Of 2,550 individuals screened randomly at clinics and labour camps under C-Watcher 2010, 27 tested positive, while another 48 people at high risk of hepatitis who came forward for testing were found to carry the virus. The programme aims to give free tests to 50,000 people by the end of this year.

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