Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Do not Ignore Hepatitis

Hepatitis B virus can affect anyone, from infants to adults. If not treated completely, the disease can become chronic and develop into a high risk of liver cancer patients with life-threatening.

World Health Organization (WHO) said today about two billion people infected with hepatitis B virus worldwide and 350 million people of whom continue to be chronic hepatitis B infection.

An estimated 600,000 people died per year due to the disease. In Indonesia, the incidence of chronic hepatitis B infection is estimated to reach 5-10 percent of the population.

Hepatitis B, including the silent killer because many people who do not know he was infected so late in treated and infected for life. Most cases of hepatitis B infection can be cured in six months, but about 10 percent of infections can develop into chronic infection.

Chronic infection of the liver can cause the formation of connective tissue in the liver so the liver bumpy and impaired liver function. In the long term (chronic), the sufferer can get cirrhosis and liver cancer.

'In Indonesia, 70 percent of patients with liver cancer caused by hepatitis B, hepatitis C but can also develop into cancer,' said Prof. dr.Ali Solomon, Sp.PD-KGEH, professor of Faculty of Medicine, Hepatology Division, University of Indonesia in the event educating the media about the liver cancer that was held by Bayer in Jakarta (1/2/2010).

Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through blood, urine, feces and semen and vaginal fluids. This disease can also be transmitted from mothers to their babies. 'If the mother is hepatitis B positive, then potentially transmit it to their babies. If the power is high tularnya 90 percent chance the baby will be infected and will become chronic hepatitis if the baby is not directly vaccinated, "said Ali.

The most effective way to prevent this disease is by vaccination with hepatitis B, preventing unsafe sexual behavior, and improve personal hygiene.

Source : Kompas

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