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World Health Organization. (2015) Hepatitis B factsheet. Geneva: World Health Organization.

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Key facts

  • Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.
  • The virus is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person.
  • More than 780 000 people die every year due to the consequences of hepatitis B.
  • Hepatitis B is an important occupational hazard for health workers.
  • Hepatitis B is preventable with the currently available safe and effective vaccine.
Item Type:FactSheet
Date:July 2015
Publisher:World Health Organization
Corporate Creators:World Health Organization
Place of Publication:Geneva
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis B
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > International aspects

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