New Delhi: On the eve of the first World Hepatitis Day Thursday, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Wednesday said that viral hepatitis kills more people than any other communicable disease in the Southeast Asian region.
The WHO said that unsanitary conditions, infected blood and unprotected sex are some of the ways by which this disease spreads. "The region bears more than half the global burden of hepatitis E infection. Pregnant women are particularly vulnerable. In approximately a quarter of all such cases, the infection results in death, and stillbirths," it added.While a vaccine for hepatitis A and B exists, there is no vaccine yet for hepatitis C and E."On World Hepatitis Day, WHO recommends that hepatitis be made a notifiable disease," the statement added.IANS
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