Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jordan: Around 2-3% of population have hepatitis B

AMMAN — Around 2 to 3 per cent of the general population in Jordan have hepatitis B, an expert said on Wednesday, adding that this rate has dropped from 10 per cent in the 1980s.

Waseem Hamoudi, consultant for gastroenterology and hepatology and head of the internal medicine department at Al Bashir Hospital, said around 120,000 to 180,000 Jordanians live with hepatitis B, out of an estimated population of over 6 million.

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