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.
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