African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5211

Short Communication

Serological survey of HDV-Ab in HBsAg positive blood donors in Shahrekord, Iran

Elahe Tajbakhsh 1, Sara Tajbakhsh 2, Ramin Yaghobi 3*, Manochehr Momeni 4 , Forough Tajbakhsh5 and Sodabe Hamedi6 
  1 Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran. 2University of Medical Sciences, Shahre-kord, Iran. 3Shiraz Transplant Research Center- Shiraz University of Medical Sciences- Shiraz, Iran. 4Biotechnology Research center, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran. 5Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University, Shahrekord Branch, Shahrekord, Iran. 6M.Sc Biostatistic Medical University, Zabol, Iran.
Email: [email protected], [email protected].

  •  Accepted: 10 March 2011
  •  Published: 18 May 2011



Hepatitis delta virus (HDV) is a defective ssRNA virus requiring the provision of hepatitis B virus (HBV) for packaging of new HDV virions. Since the epidemiological features of HDV in this part of Iran seem to be unknown, the aim of this research was to determine the seroprevalence of HDV in HBsAg positive blood donors, in Shahrekord, Iran. In this research, we announce the detection of HDV-Ab from HBsAg positive blood donors in Shahrekord by ELISA. Of the 90 HBsAg positive volunteer blood donors admitted to Shahrekord blood transfusion organization center in Iran during 2006 to 2008, 2 specimens were positive for HDV-Ab. So, the rate of HDV-Ab was determined 2.2%.


Key words: Blood donors, HBsAg positive, hepatitis D, Iran, Shahrekord.