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What's the main difference between hepatitis a and b?

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Dr. Alfredo Garcia answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Hepatitis A and B: Hepatitis a and b virus infections show the same symptoms and cause liver damage. Hep a infection is a more acute illness with shorter duration while infection from the b tends to be more chronic lasting months and years. In addition, hep b infection carries a risk cancer complications. Hep a is contracted from eating contaminated foods; hep b from sex and blood transfusions.

Answered 11/4/2012

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