As Many As 2.2 Million People In US May Be Infected With Chronic Hepatitis B

HealthDay (6/1, Reinberg) reports that a new study appearing in the journal Hepatology finds that “as many as 2.2 million people in the United States may be infected with chronic hepatitis B virus.” Lead researcher Dr. Carol Brosgart, a member of the faculty at the division of global health at the University of California, San Francisco, is quoted as saying, “Given our ability to treat chronic hepatitis B virus and to monitor for emergence of liver cancer when it is treatable, physicians should screen the foreign-born, their children and close contacts.”