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Gastroenterology Research and Practice
Volume 2008, Article ID 580341, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2008/580341
Review Article

New Data concerning the Epidemiology of Hepatitis B Virus Infection in Greece

Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Nursing, University of Athens, 11521 Athens, Greece

Received 31 March 2007; Accepted 21 February 2008

Academic Editor: John Plevris

Copyright © 2008 Konstantinos D. Pantazis 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.

Abstract

There is an obvious, significant, and diachronic reduction of the prevalence of HBV infection in Greece, concerning the general population as well as some traditionally high-risk groups, mainly as a result of constant informing and the widespread initiation of preventive and prophylactic measures, as well as the improvement of health care services. Nevertheless, there are special groups and populations (economical refugees, religious minorities, HIV-positive patients, abroad pregnant women, prostitutes, etc.) who represent sacs of high HBV endemicity and need epidemiological supervision and intervention, in order to limit the spread of the infection and to further improve the existing epidemiological data.