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What Is Hepatitis? How Is It Treated? Is It Curable?












It can be an acute or chronic infection. The incubation period for this virus is approximately 4-26 weeks. Acute vs. chronic hepatitis B The acute form of this disease may present with nausea, vomiting, jaundice and rarely will someone die from it. Occasionally, a rare, rapidly deteriorating condition known as fulminant hepatitis results from acute hepatitis B. Unlike acute hepatitis B, the chronic form of this disease may be asymptomatic and result in severe destruction of the liver over a period of several years. As with hepatitis A, a vaccination is available to prevent hepatitis B. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) Hepatitis C (known as Non-A hepatitis; Non-B hepatitis) is a contagious liver disease; consisting of inflammation of the liver caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The incubation for this infectious disease is approximately 6-10 weeks. <br><br>my response http://www.examiner.com/article/what-is-viral-hepatitis-how-is-it-treated-and-is-it-curable







Blood screening tests reduce the risk of hepatitis C





A: In the mid-1970s doctors recognized that most cases of hepatitis following blood transfusion were not due to either of the two then-known hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A and B. For a while, this complication of transfusions was designated non-A non-B hepatitis. A long search for the cause of this form of hepatitis culminated in 1988 with the identification of the hepatitis C virus and the subsequent development of laboratory tests to detect infections with the virus. Hepatitis C has caused about 80 percent of post-transfusion hepatitis, but the introduction in May 1990 of laboratory tests to screen donated blood for this virus has greatly reduced the risk to blood recipients. IV drug abuse is the source of one-third of the infections in this country: Studies have shown that 50 to 80 percent of IV drug abusers test positive for hepatitis C. The virus also can be transmitted by accidental needle pricks among medical personnel. The source of hepatitis C cannot be identified in nearly half the cases. Possibilities include sexual transmission, contact with blood on a razor or toothbrush, and even insect bites (since the hepatitis C virus belongs to the same family of viruses that are transmitted by insects). Dr. <br><br>on yahoo http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1991-05-21/features/1991141003_1_non-a-non-b-hepatitis-hepatitis-c-post-transfusion-hepatitis



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