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Hepatitis C on the move 丙型肝炎在遷移

Data source: Various Literature
Map created by CUHK SpatioEpi Group

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Hepatitis C is an RNA virus that is commonly spread through needle sharing in heroin users. The virus mutates as it spreads from one place to another. Genotype 1 and 3 are common in South and South East Asia. Genotype 6 is unique as it is found mostly in South East Asia including Hong Kong. The genotypic pattern of hepatitis C somehow reflects the epidemiology of heroin addiction, but there are still many gaps in our knowledge as to why one genotype should predominate in a specific location.