Volume 4, Number 10, July - September, 2013

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Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer. Hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water (Ref: Balasubramanian, Current status of the hepatitis around the world: An overview on World hepatitis day, July 28, Disease, 2013, 4(10), 3), (Image: news.bbcimg.co.uk).

DISEASE OF THE MONTH

Current status of the hepatitis around the world: An overview on World hepatitis day, July 28

Balasubramanian J

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread. In particular, types B and C lead to chronic disease in hundreds of millions of people and, together, are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

Disease, 2013, 4(10), 3

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