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Hepatitis B

Caused by the Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)

  • Transmitted through infected blood, sex, needles and from infected women to their newborns.
  • Chronic infections occur in 90% of infants, 30% young children, and 10% in adults.
  • Hepatitis B is the leading cause of primary liver cancer worldwide.
  • There are promising treatments for chronic HBV, but still no cure.
  • A safe vaccine is available for newborns, children, teens and adults.

 

Page last reviewed February 2014

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