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10. Where is chronic HBV most prevelant in China?

Just for some of you who might have originated from or whose family came from China, I want to show you this map of the prevalence rate of chronic hepatitis B in China. You can see no single province has an incidence of less than four percent whereas in this country in the U.S., the national prevalence of chronic hepatitis B is 0.2 to 0.3 percent. You can see a lot of the immigrants who come to this country from China are from Guangdong and Fujian where the incidence is over fifteen percent. In fact a recent survey from Guangdong Province shows that the incidence of chronic hepatitis B a few years ago was 17.2 percent. So in other words, if you go to Guangdong, the chances are one in six to one in seven persons you see in the street have chronic hepatitis B.