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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chronic Hepatitis Cohort Study Sheds Light on Burden of Hepatitis B and C in U.S.

People born between 1945 and 1964 account for the highest proportion of hepatitis B and C cases, and these viruses are a significant cause of illness and death, according to an analysis described in the January 1, 2013, Clinical Infectious Diseases...Approximately 1.25 million people in the U.S. are thought to carry chronic hepatitis B, while estimates for chronic hepatitis C fall with in the 3-4 million range. But the disease progression and the clinical implications of these viruses in the "real world" are not fully known.

Over years or decades chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection can lead to advanced liver disease including cirrhosis (scarring) and hepatocellular carcinoma.  Hepatitis B can be prevented with an effective vaccine, but complete cures are uncommon. Hepatitis C, in contrast, currently has no vaccine but treatment is increasingly effective at curing infection.

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