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Hepatitis B can be prevented with a highly effective vaccine but this year ten to thirty million people will become infected with the hepatitis B virus I feel that because this disease is preventable only knowledge can help reduce the number of people infected Hepatitis B is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis B virus This virus is a blood-borne pathogen It is one hundred times more infectious than HIV Hepatitis B is one of the most frequently reported vaccine preventable diseases in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control This disease is transmitted through oral vaginal and anal sex You can also acquire the disease through sharing needles toothbrushes and razors or if you come in contact with infected blood For these reasons the people at the highest risk of contracting the disease are anyone who is sexually active health dental and emergency workers adoptive families with children form Asia Africa South America Eastern and Mediterranean Europe as these areas have a high number of people infected drug users and anyone in close contact with someone infected This is not as scary as it seems for you cannot contract the virus through sneezing coughing or holding hands A surprising fact about hepatitis B considering it is preventable is that one in twenty people are or will be infected in their lifetime There are one million people infected in the United States More than 350 million people worldwide are chronic carriers of the virus A chronic carrier is someone with the virus in their blood and can who can pass the disease to others Fifty percent of those infected with the virus aka HBV do not develop symptoms HBV is often called the Silent Infection Another forty nine percent experience fevers fatigue nausea and vomiting Many people think that it is just the flu and ignore their symptoms Some other symptoms include
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