Hepatitis B is an inflammation of the liver which may later cause liver cancer. Hepatitis B is 50-100 times more infectious than –IV. Therefore, it is vital for the public to be tested for viral hepatitis and receive treatment at an early stage if the disease has been detected. Many are not vaccinated and are not aware that they may be Hepatitis B and C carries. This is the reason we place such emphasis on the importance of screening as this will be able to minimise infections.
The groups of people who are at risk include:
Those who have had blood transfusions; those with a history of needlestick injuries or injected (recreational) drugs; those with tattoos; those who have had unsterile acupuncture; children whose mothers are hepatitis patients.
Symptoms of liver infection :
Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Dark urine
- Abdominal pain or bloating
- Intestinal bleeding
- Abnormalities are found in liver function blood test