Hepatitis

Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an infectious liver disease which is caused by a virus. About 3,000 cases are reported in Canada annually. However, many more cases probably remain unreported. Blood tests suggest that about 5 percent of Canadians have had hepatitis B at some point in their lives. Most people get better and can no longer pass on the virus.
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Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a viral infection that is carried in the blood and can cause severe damage to the liver. The World Health Organization estimates that up to three per cent of the world’s population is infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV), including more than 110,000 Ontarians. However, one third of those infected with HCV in Ontario have not yet been diagnosed.
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