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500,000 Chinese Die of Hepatitis B Annually

by Medindia Content Team on  April 9, 2007 at 8:34 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
500,000 Chinese Die of Hepatitis B Annually
China has the world's largest population of hepatitis B patients, said an official of the Chinese Hepatitis Prevention Foundation (HPF) here.

Nearly 500,000 people die of liver damage and hepatocirrhosis triggered by chronic hepatitis B, said HPF head Wang Zhao.
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He said about 120 million Chinese test positive to hepatitis, which has become a severe public health problem in the country.

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HPF and Novartis pharmaceutical company are working together to push forward an awareness project on hepatitis prevention, including 120 lectures in major cities.

Source: IANS
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