Hepatitis B Research Paper - Fernando Maldonado Period 6 Medical Assistant Hepatitis B Hepatitis B is one type of hepatitis a liver disease caused by

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Fernando Maldonado Period 6 Medical Assistant
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Hepatitis B Hepatitis B is one type of hepatitis, a liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Hepatitis B spreads by contact with an infected person's blood, semen or other body fluid. An infected woman can give hepatitis B to her baby at birth. If you get HBV, you may feel as if you have the flu, or you may have no symptoms at all. A blood test can tell if you have it. HBV usually gets better on it’s own after a few months. If it does not get better, it is called chronic HBV, which lasts a lifetime. Chronic HBV can lead to scarring of the liver, liver failure or liver cancer. There is a vaccine for HBV. It requires three shots. All babies should get the vaccine, but older children and adults can get it too. If you travel to countries where Hepatitis B is common, you should get the vaccine. It is estimated that about 2 billion people worldwide have been infected with hepatitis B virus (HBV). There are 360 million chronically infected, of whom 600 000 individuals die each year from HBV associated liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. In highly endemic countries, HBV transmission occurs mainly perinatally or in early childhood, whereas in low endemic areas, HBV is more often contracted later in life, either through sexual contact or the use of contaminated needles. Unless vaccinated at birth, the majority of children
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born to contagious mothers become chronically infected. What is the liver? The liver is an organ that does many important things. You cannot live without a liver. Hepatitis B is a virus, or infection, that causes liver disease and inflammation of the liver. The liver Removes harmful chemicals from your blood Fights infection Helps digest food
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Stores Energy Symptoms It has been noted that itchy skin has been an indication as a possible symptom of all hepatitis virus types. The illness lasts for a few weeks and then gradually improves in most affected people. A few patients may have more severe liver disease and may die as a result of it. The infection may be entirely asymptomatic and may go unrecognized. Not everyone who is
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