Wanted: Hepatitis B

By: Katie Johnson

Hepatits B

Hepatitis B is a virus. HBV is what many people refer to it as. This virus can cause lifelong infection or scarring of the liver. It can also cause liver cancer, liver failure and even death.
The Hepatitis B virus spreads many different ways. It can spread to a baby if there mother had it. Also by sharing an infected person's toothbrush, razor, nail clippers and if you would share needles with that person. You can also contract the disease by having unprotected sex or blood/ sore contact with an infected person. Anyone can get Hepatitis B as it is the most commonly spread. Almost 100,000 people in The United States get the virus each year which is 1 in 20 people. Along with that about 5,000 people die from the virus each year in the United States. It is easily spread with or without symptoms. There are not many common symptoms of HBV. Although there are symptoms that are broader in range. They are feeling tired, muscle soreness, upset stomach an pain, along with a fever. Other symptoms include loss of appetite, diarrhea, light colored stool , dark colored urine, and yellowish skin or eyes. Many people get a vaccine for the disease, especially those going off to college. Some people if they are at risk for contracting or developing take a medication for it. Also using a condom can help prevention. There is no cure for the infection but it often goes away on its own. Hepatitis B is a high endemic in Africa and also some parts of South America. It is also found in the liver.
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Facts...

Hepatitis B kills 1 person every 45 seconds.
About 2/3 of the people who have this disease don't even know about it.
HBV is 100 times more infectious than HIV.
Almost 200 million people have been affected with this disease worldwide.