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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Hepatitis B continues to be concern in W.Va.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, from 1999 through 2008, reported rates of acute Hepatitis B in West Virginia increased by more than 150 percent. Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the Hepatitis B virus. It is spread through contact with blood or certain body fluids of an infected person.
"We have the highest incidence in the country. People don't realize. It's a tough bug, it can stay alive on surfaces for days. People normally think that primarily intravenous drug users are the ones who are at risk, but because the incidence rate is so high, I worry that everyone is potentially at risk without even knowing it. If you have a cut on your finger and you touch a surface that's infected, you're infected," said Dick Wittberg, MOVHD executive direct.