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With so many people getting vaccines for a and for b, is c the more common hepatitis now?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
42 years experience in Gastroenterology
No: Worldwide hep a is very common: usually short term, 1% fatality; bad food/h2o; preventible. Hep b common in far east, other; can cause chronic disease; preventible. In us, about 1-2 million hep b pts. Both above have vaccines. Hep c est. 4 mill in us; most don't know; risks iv, nasal drug use, transfusion before 1993, blood products. No vaccine. Commonly chronic, lead to cirrhosis, ca. Rx: b, c.
Answered on Mar 28, 2013

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