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Global action needed to tackle hepatitis

28th July 2011

Medical experts writing in The Lancet have called for global action to tackle the viruses that cause the liver disease hepatitis.

The first worldwide estimates in drug users show 10 million have hepatitis C while 1.3 million have hepatitis B but there are concerns that only a fraction of those who could benefit are receiving antiviral drugs. Only one in five infants around the world are vaccinated against hepatitis B at birth, while 67% of injecting drug users in the world have been exposed to hepatitis C and 10% have come into contact with hepatitis B.

 

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