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Nature Examines Global Hepatitis B Burden, Death Toll

Nature: The silent epidemic killing more people than HIV, malaria or TB
“…The hepatitis B virus (HBV), which spreads through blood and bodily fluids and invades liver cells, is thought to kill just under one million people every year around the world, mostly from cancer or scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver. HBV is less likely to be fatal than HIV, and many people who carry the virus don’t have symptoms. But because more than 250 million people live with chronic HBV infections, more than seven times the number with HIV, its global death toll now rivals that of the more-feared virus…” (Graber-Stiehl, 12/5).