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August 17, 2011

Hepatitis B more Infectious than HIV in India!

The rising of Hepatitis B is a big concern for India as around 40 million people are infected with the deadly disease in the country & the transmission of the disease is hundred times more then HIV. 

Mr. Mahesh Goenka, director of Institute of Gastroenterology at Apollo Gleneagles Hospital in Kolkata, said that millions are suffering from Hepatitis B & it's hundred times more infectious than the dangerous HIV AIDS.

Hepatitis B is a blood borne disease & people detected with the disease can be cured too. As the prevention is better than cure, it can be prevented by making people aware of the disease. It is an infectious illness caused by Hepatitis B virus which infects the liver of hominoidea including humans & causes an inflammation called Hepatitis. It is an epidemic in parts of Asia & Africa plus it is endemic in China. 

Some of the major causes of Hepatitis B are body piercing, tattooing, vertical transmission & also by blood transfusion. Mr. Goenka at a seminar ahead of the World Hepatitis Day, which observed on July 28 said that the affected people are at high risk of death from liver cancer. 

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