Hepatitis B is a highly infectious virus that attacks the liver and can cause liver disease, cancer and death.
“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected.
What are symptoms of acute Hepatitis B?
Not everyone has symptoms with acute Hepatitis B. Most adults have symptoms that appear within three months of exposure. Symptoms can last from a few weeks to several months and includes:
How does Hepatitis B spread?
Hepatitis B is spread through the contact of blood or body fluids of you and an infected person. It can be spread by:
Hepatitis B is NOT spread by:
How do I know if I have Hepatitis B?
The only way to know is through blood tests. Pregnant mothers should have blood tests done during pregnancy and at delivery by your health-care provider.
Who should be tested for Hepatitis B?
Hepatitis B testing is recommended for:
Why is Hepatitis B so serious in pregnant women?
Hepatitis B-infected mother can transmit the disease to their babies at the time of birth. Without proper vaccinations, many of them develop life-long Hepatitis B infections.
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