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what causes the hepatitis b and c virus? like mosquitoes causes malaria, what causes hepatitis b and c virus

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Dr. Alan Cohen
38 years experience Psychiatry
HEP B, C: Hepatitis b and c are blood born viruses. Transmission is through direct contact with blood or secretions from an individual who carries the active virus . Sex , shared needles, exchange of fluids from other contacts with enough inoculum may cause infection. Malaria is carried by a mosquito who injects it from their bite. They are the vector but don't cause that illness.
Answered on Jan 6, 2013
Dr. Larry Lutwick
48 years experience Infectious Disease
Wrong word: Mosquito bites transmit malaria which is caused by a parasite. Hbv and hcv are caused by viruses transmitted by blood and certain body fluids.
Answered on Jan 7, 2013

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