Consolidated Report by ChinaAbout.net: Today is the World Hepatitis Day, data show there are 350 million hepatitis B virus carriers, of which nearly 100 million are in China. Hepatitis B virus is spread mainly through blood, mother to child transmission and etc. Hepatitis B vaccination is the most reasonable and effective form of prevention. Experts said that 90% of the hepatitis B virus infection can be cured in adulthood, about 10% will develop into chronic hepatitis. Without proper treatment of chronic hepatitis B, 1/4 of the chronic hepatitis will develop into cirrhosis or liver cancer.
Hepatitis is swelling and inflammation of the liver. The term is frequently used to refer to a viral infection of the liver. Hepatitis can be caused by:
Immune cells in the body attacking the liver and causing autoimmune hepatitis
Infections from viruses (such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C), bacteria, or parasites;
Liver damage from alcohol, poisonous mushrooms, or other poisons
Medications, such as an overdose of acetaminophen, which can be deadly