Hepatitis A appears to be a disease of childhood in Pakistan.1 Most of the adults, either have had hepatitis A in childhood or have been exposed to it2. With this view anti HAV (IgG) status was determined in 233 healthy subjects and 124 cases of hepatitis (Table).
Results indicate that 96.6% of adults are immune to hepatitis A.
The following cost effective serological profile is therefore suggested in adults to determine the type of hepatitis.
1. Malik, l.A., Anwar, C.M., Luqman, M., Ahmad, A., Sarfaraz, T., and Qamar, M.A. The pattern of acute viral hepatitis in children. A study based on seroepidemiology and biochemical profile. JPMA., 1987;37:314-317.
2. Malik, l.A., Luqman, M., Ahmed, A.,Khan, A. and Legters, L.J. Spoyadi (Non-A Non-B) hepatitis; A seroepidemiological study in urban population. JPMA., 1987; 37:190—192.