Other forms of hepatitis

Other forms of hepatitis - non-A non-B hepatitis. Viral...

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Other forms of hepatitis.  In addition to hepatitis A and hepatitis B, other forms of hepatitis are now  known to exist.  Hepatitis C  is caused by an RNA virus transmitted by blood and semen. Most cases  are associated with transfusions.  Delta hepatitis  is related to an antigen called the  delta antigen , which is a part of an RNA virus  called the  delta virus.  Infection with this type of hepatitis accompanies infection with hepatitis B  virus because the delta antigen relies on hepatitis B virus for its replication. This hepatitis is  sometimes called  hepatitis D.   Hepatitis E  is also known to exist. The responsible virus is an RNA virus. Cases appear to be  restricted to Asia, Africa, and India. Types of hepatitis such as these are often considered 
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Unformatted text preview: non-A non-B hepatitis. Viral gastroenteritis. Viral gastroenteritis is a general expression for viral infection of the intestine. A major cause is the rotavirus , a virus transmitted by the fecal-oral route and capable of causing severe diarrhea. Dehydration may be a problem in patients, and antiviral therapies are generally inadequate. Another possible cause of viral gastroenteritis is the Norwalk agent , probably a virus but not yet identified with certainty. The Coxsackie virus is an RNA virus also capable of causing intestinal infection. Contaminated food and water transmit this virus. Another possible cause of gastroenteritis is the echovirus , also an RNA virus....
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