Viral hepatitis in Southeast Asia

Authored by: Lanjuan Li

Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health in Asia

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415643825
eBook ISBN: 9781315818719
Adobe ISBN: 9781317817703


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Viral hepatitis is an infectious disease caused by several different kinds of hepatovirus. Mostly it causes prolonged inflammation and necrotic lesions in the liver. It is highly contagious with a high incidence in Southeast Asia and is widely transmitted via complex routes. To date, five types of hepatitis have been discovered: hepatitis A to E. Among these, hepatitis A and E generally cause acute hepatitis, while hepatitis B, C and D may be related to acute or chronic hepatitis, and most likely lead to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

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