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See detailHCV genotype 4 in Belgium: three distinct patterns among patients from European and African origin
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Reenaers, Catherine ULg; Gerard, Christiane ULg et al

in European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (2006), 18(7), 707-712

Background Considered uncommon in western countries some years ago, hepatitis C virus of genotype 4 is now spreading in some areas of Europe. This is assumed to be due to immigration from a region of high ... [more ▼]

Background Considered uncommon in western countries some years ago, hepatitis C virus of genotype 4 is now spreading in some areas of Europe. This is assumed to be due to immigration from a region of high prevalence for this genotype and to propagation among drug users. In the south of Belgium, genotype 4 currently accounts for 10% of hepatitis C virus patients and its prevalence is increasing with time. Objective To better define the genotype 4 carriers' characteristics. Methods In a database comprising 1726 viraemic hepatitis C virus patients, the files of 85 genotype 4 carriers were reviewed. Results Beside the African (58%) and European drug user (15%) subgroups classically described, a third subgroup consisting of European nondrug users (26%) was identified as peculiar: these patients were older, had been mostly contaminated sporadically, presented a great diversity of subtypes, and were mainly of Italian origin. In this subgroup, contamination was supposed to be ancient, having occurred probably in Italy before immigration into Belgium. By contrast, European drug users were infected with only two subtypes (4c/4d and 4), an observation in favour of recent spread. Africans had a great diversity of subtypes, were young, and were mostly contaminated sporadically in their home countries. Despite their epidemiological differences, the clinical management, and in particular the rates of eligibility for treatment, were similar for these three groups. Conclusions Three different patterns of genotype 4 carriers were observed, corresponding to three different spreading profiles. They did not induce, however, different clinical management. [less ▲]

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See detailHCV genotypes 2 and 3: the predominant genotypes at the horizon 2020?
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Gerard, Christiane ULg; Vaira, Dolorès ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2005, January), 68(1), 25

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See detailEvolution over a 10 year period of the epidemiological profile of 1,726 newly diagnosed HCV patients in Belgium.
Gerard, Christiane ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Vaira, Dolorès ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (2005), 76(4), 503-10

In order to evaluate the future burden of hepatitis C, there is a need to quantify the evolution with time of some crucial parameters such as disease frequency and age, modes of infection and infecting ... [more ▼]

In order to evaluate the future burden of hepatitis C, there is a need to quantify the evolution with time of some crucial parameters such as disease frequency and age, modes of infection and infecting genotypes of patients presenting for the first time at consultation. The yearly evolution of these parameters was analyzed retrospectively in a cohort of 1,726 patients living in Belgium, who were diagnosed as hepatitis C virus (HCV) carriers by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) between 1992 and 2002. The epidemiological profile of HCV patients showed significant changes during this period. The number of new patients increased with time. The proportion of patients under 50 increased linearly at a rate of 3% per year. The rate of newly presenting patients infected by transfusion before 1990 decreased, but only by 2.7% per year. The proportion of intravenous (IV) drug users increased by 2.5% per year. Patients presenting "undefined" risk factors increased by 2.1% per year. Nosocomial acquisition of HCV infection exhibited a disturbing relative stability in time whereas dialysis tended to disappear as a cause of infection. There was a significant linear annual decrease of 2.3% in the frequency of genotype 1b, which was counterbalanced by a significant increase of 0.7% for genotype 1a and 1.1% for genotype 4. Genotypes 2 and 3 did not vary significantly with time. Such figures are useful for evaluating the epidemiological changes of C virus infection and for anticipating the future economical cost of hepatitis C treatment in the next few years. [less ▲]

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See detailHCV genotype 4 in Belgium: epidemiological characteristics
REENAERS, Catherine ULg; DELWAIDE, Jean ULg; GERARD, Christiane ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2004), (67), 03

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See detailIncidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Province of Liege (Belgium). La Societe De Gastroenterologie Liegeoise
Latour, Pascale ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1996), 59(1, Jan-Mar), 3-6

Up to now, as there is no national registry of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Belgium, the study of IBD epidemiology in our country is only possible through institutional or regional ... [more ▼]

Up to now, as there is no national registry of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Belgium, the study of IBD epidemiology in our country is only possible through institutional or regional series. Therefore we conducted a prospective epidemiologic study of IBD in the Province of Liege (1 million inhabitants). METHODS: 29 (out of 47) private and public gastroenterologists completed a standard questionnaire for each patient consulting for the first time with clinical symptoms compatible with IBD between 1/06/1993 and 31/05/1994. RESULTS: During that period 104 cases of IBD were recorded: 56 (54%) Crohn's disease (CD), 36 (35%) ulcerative colitis (UC) including 7 proctitis (19% of UC) and 12 (11%) unclassified colitis. The annual incidence was 5.5 per 100.000 for CD and 3.5 for UC. The sex ratio F/M was 1.7 for CD and 0.7 for UC. The median age at the time of diagnosis was 33.5 yrs for CD and 40 yrs for UC. The highest age specific incidence rate for CD and UC was between 20 and 29 yrs : 13.6 and 6.1, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: This first Belgian prospective study has shown an incidence rate for CD comparable with that seen in north European studies but lower than that seen for UC. These results were similar to those observed in the northern part of France. Belgium appears to be a privileged country to undertake a national register and to study epidemiological aspects of IBD. [less ▲]

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