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Monday, April 16, 2012

Silent killer plagues Chinese immigrants

Chronic hepatitis B infections can quietly turn to cirrhosis of the liver, then cancer

Raymond Wong never suspected he was carrying a virus that could kill him.

Slim, jovial and seemingly healthy, he was in his 50s before he found out his liver was working at about 30-per-cent capacity. His wife, Liz, says she noticed the signs sooner - growing fatigue, a darkening complexion likely due to jaundice - but had no idea of the cause. None of their friends and family from Hong Kong talked about hepatitis B.

Read more: http://www.vancouversun.com/health/Silent+killer+plagues+Chinese+immigrants/6464822/story.html#ixzz1sE6he5wj

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