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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Educating People in DC Area on the Silent Killer of Viral Hepatitis

Viral hepatitis (Hepatitis A, B & C) is the leading infectious cause of death in the United States, but people have little awareness of the virus, including many health care providers, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Every year, viral hepatitis takes the lives of 12,000-15,000 Americans, yet it remains largely unknown to the general public, says HHS.

One particular deadly strain of viral hepatitis is Hepatitis B, which is the most common virus in the world. About 2 billion people have been infected (1 out of 3 people), 400 million people are chronically infected, 10-30 million will become infected each year, and an estimated 1 million people die each year from Hepatitis B and its complications.

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