The risk of developing a chronic hepatitis B infection is directly related to the age at which one becomes infected with the virus. Infants and young children are at the greatest risk for becoming chronically infected if exposed to the hepatitis B virus.
- 90% of exposed infants will develop chronic infections.
- 30 - 50% of exposed children will develop chronic infections.
- 10% of exposed adults will develop chronic infections.
To stop the further spread of this disease, vigilant screening of high-risk groups and compliance with universal vaccination recommendations is essential. There is a simple blood test and a safe vaccine for hepatitis B.
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