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7.8% Bangladeshis carry Hepatitis B virus

Publication Date : 30-07-2013


Around 7.8 per cent of the population in Bangladesh carries the Hepatitis B virus, which puts them at risk of fatal liver diseases, revealed experts from the Hepatology Society in a press conference on July 28.

Approximately 40 per cent of these patients later suffer from chronic hepatitis or liver cirrhosis, they said at the press conference at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.

They were citing several surveys done by experts of the organisation in recent years.

“A patient can develop liver cancer or cirrhosis by the age of 25,” stated Mohammad Golam Azam, associate professor of Hepatology at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

Cures for Hepatitis B can be very costly, with one course of curative medicine costing as much as 200,000 taka (US$2,560), stated Mohammad Shahinul Alam, associate professor of hepatology at BSMMU. However, proper vaccination can be taken to prevent the disease, noted the speakers.


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