The Incidence of HBV and HCV Infection in Australian Travelers to Asia


Corresponding Author: Associate Professor Joseph Torresi, MBBS, PhD, Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Hospital, Heidelberg, Victoria 3084, Australia. E-mail:


We analyzed paired pre- and post-travel sera in a cohort of Australian travelers to Asia and demonstrated the acquisition of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. The incidence density in nonimmune travelers for HCV infection was calculated as 1.8 infections per 10,000 traveler-days and for HBV infection 2.19 per 10,000 traveler-days.