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Author Topic: Infant Immune System May Kill Hepatitis C While in Utero  (Read 7455 times)

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Infant Immune System May Kill Hepatitis C While in Utero
« on: August 17, 2020, 10:55:47 am »
It is possible that the immune systems of babies born to mothers with hepatitis C virus (HCV) have the capacity to kill off the virus during gestation. This may be why only 5% of infants born to women with the virus are themselves born infected.

These theories are put forth in a new paper published in Gut by researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.

The study authors studied 55 pregnant women at a maternity hospital in St. Petersburg, Russia. Forty of them had an active HCV infection, and the remainder had antibodies to the virus but no active infection.

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