Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Give birth to the end of hepatitis B

Give birth to the end of hepatitis B

People may not realize that an infected mother can pass on the hepatitis B virus to her newborn. This is a serious disease caused by a virus that attacks the liver. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the hepatitis B virus can cause lifelong infection, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver, liver cancer, liver failure, and death.

Fortunately, there’s a way to prevent transmission of the virus to newborns - vaccination at birth to prevent the perinatal transmission.


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