Incidence of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Higher Among People Notified With Markers of Hepatitis C Virus Infection: Population-based Surveillance in Victoria, Australia, 2001-2017.
Katherine B Gibney, Jennifer MacLachlan, Rachel Coutts, Nasra Higgins, Janet Strachan
Clinical Infectious Diseases | Oxford University Press (OUP) | Published : 2021
BACKGROUND: Worse outcomes from invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) have been reported among those coinfected with hepatitis C. We aimed to establish if IPD notification rates are higher among people notified with markers of hepatitis C virus infection than the general population. METHODS: IPD cases notified in Victoria, Australia, from July 2001-December 2017 were linked with hepatitis C cases (diagnosed by serology or PCR testing) notified from January 1991-December 2017. IPD incidence was calculated using population data and the estimated number of Victorians with hepatitis C. RESULTS: From July 2001-December 2017, 6407 IPD cases were notified. Hepatitis C infection was notified in 342 (5..View full abstract