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Hepatitis B: Where are we now?

Leon Heron, Sue Campbell-Lloyd

New South Wales Public Health Bulletin 11(12) 211 - 216 Published: 2000

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Leon Heron

Sue Campbell-Lloyd

Abstract

This article reviews the current literature regarding HBV epidemiology, locally and internationally, and outlines current vaccination policies and immunisation procedures. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about two billion people have been infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) worldwide, and about 350 million of them are chronic carriers.