Pharmacy Times (02.19.2014)
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Pharmacy Times reported that a recent study revealed that hepatitis C virus (HCV) prevalence among Hispanics varies between countries of origin. Previous studies concluded that Hispanic HCV rates were similar to white Americans, but Hispanics in that study were based on rates for Mexican Americans and did not categorize Hispanics from other countries. The more recent study broke down categories.
Researchers used data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007–2010, which included more than two-thirds Mexican Americans among its Hispanic participants; and the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos, conducted from 2008 through 2011, which included more diverse Hispanic participants. Hispanics in the second study were from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Central America, and South America.
While the overall prevalence of the studies were similar, 1.5 percent versus 2 percent, respectively, when researchers broke down HCV risk to nationalities, only 0.4 percent of men from South America had the infection, while 11.6 percent of Puerto Rican men were infected with HCV. The authors wrote that “these findings suggest that the HCV epidemic among US Hispanics/ Latinos is heterogeneous.”