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Advances in Preventive Medicine
Volume 2017, Article ID 2043840, 4 pages
Research Article

Prevalence of HCV, HBV, and HIV Seropositivity among Cadavers Referred to Autopsy Hall of Legal Medicine Bureau of Tehran, Iran

1Legal Medicine Research Center, Legal Medicine Organization, Tehran, Iran
2Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran
4Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran

Correspondence should be addressed to Amir Mohammad Kazemifar;

Received 1 July 2017; Revised 30 September 2017; Accepted 13 November 2017; Published 29 November 2017

Academic Editor: Gerardo E. Guillén Nieto

Copyright © 2017 Jaber Gharehdaghi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A large number of dead bodies are referred to forensic autopsy halls for medicolegal examination. They can be a source of transmission of infectious diseases through direct contact or autopsy tools. The main aim of this study was to estimate the virus infection rates in the dead bodies. One thousand consecutive dead bodies that had been referred to autopsy hall of Legal Medicine Bureau of Tehran, Iran, during 2016, were included. The blood samples were analyzed in the laboratory for detection of HBs Ag, HBs Ab, HIV Ab, and HCV Ab, after providing informed consent from legal next of kin of the dead bodies. The general characteristics of the dead bodies were also collected by a checklist. Forty-seven cases of HIV seropositivity, 80 cases of HBs Ag seropositivity, and 97 cases for HCV Ab seropositivity were found. Among them, 27 cases of HIV, 40 cases of anti-HBC positive, and 94 cases of RIBA testing positive for HCV were proved through confirmatory tests. In other words, 2.6% of the dead bodies were infected with HIV, 3.8% with HBV, and 9% with HCV. The total infection rate was 15.5%. This is a worrying risk for pathologist and autopsy technicians.