Most of those infected in the European Region live in eastern European and central Asian countries: 66% of those with hepatitis B and 64% of those with hepatitis C.
Higher rates of hepatitis among vulnerable groupsPeople who inject drugs are the most affected (15% for hepatitis B and 44% for hepatitis C), but infection is also common in other vulnerable population groups such as men who have sex with men (8.7% and 4.2%, respectively), and sex workers (3.3% and 11%, respectively). By comparison, rates in the general population of countries in the European Region outside the European Union and European Free Trade Association are 3.8% for hepatitis B and 2.3 % for hepatitis C.
Viral hepatitis is recognized as a global public health problem and a World Health Assembly resolution in 2010 called on Member States to take urgent action to strengthen prevention and control measures.
Source: World Health Organization (WHO)