Richard D. Aach, MD
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Viral hepatitis B remains a major problem in public health. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are more than 300 000 new cases of acute hepatitis B per year in the United States alone (1). There are an estimated 1 million chronic carriers of hepatitis B virus (HBV) in this country and more than 200 million carriers worldwide. The CDC also estimates that each year in the United States there are 4000 deaths due to cirrhosis and 1000 deaths from hepatocellular carcinoma (hepatoma) among persons with chronic HBV infection. In countries where HBV is endemic,
Aach RD. The Treatment of Chronic Type B Viral Hepatitis. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:89–91. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-2-89
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(2):89-91.
Gastroenterology/Hepatology, Infectious Disease, Liver Disease.
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