Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Doctor: Tibet's Hepatitis B Infection Rates Soaring

An ethnic Tibetan doctor working in Nepal says the rate of Hepatitis B infection is soaring in Tibet because of a lack of education and vaccinations.

Dr. Lhamo Sharpa, a Nepal based Tibetan doctor, says 61 percent of Tibetans living in Nepal are infected with the virus, which harms the liver and can cause serious long term health problems in some people.

Dr. Lhamo, who directly works with researchers in Tibetan areas of China, told VOA that rural Tibetans are especially vulnerable because of a lack of access to proper vaccinations.

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