Hepatitis: Overview

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, an irritation or swelling of the liver cells. There are many causes of hepatitis which include viral infections A, B and C that most of us have heard of, but also the disease also includes auto-immune hepatitis, fatty liver hepatitis, alcoholic hepatitis and toxin induced hepatitis. Globally, it is estimated that around 250 million people are affected by hepatitis C. Moreover, an estimated 400 million people are chronic carriers of hepatitis B.

Each type of viral hepatitis is different. They have different characteristics and are known by alphabetical names – hepatitis A through to E. Four other types exist F, G, TTV and S.E.N-V. Behavioral precautions and treatment depends on the type of hepatitis.

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