Can hepatitis B be lethal?

In some cases, hepatitis B can be deadly. However, an infected person can take effective measures in order to cut down the risks of that to bare minimum.

There are two ways, in which hepatitis B can affect a person:

  1. Most of people, who have been infected, undergo the so-called “acute infection” process. This means that after they have contracted hepatitis B, the immune system in their bodies starts to purge the virus, until it is out of the system. Since no overt symptoms generally present, most of the infected people are not aware.
  2. In some cases, the body’s immune system is not capable of fully fighting off the virus. Whenever this occurs, the person turns into a “chronic carrier” and can continue to be infected throughout the rest of their life.

The chronic carriers face the risks of having cirrhosis of the liver, liver cancer, or even death.
Currently, infection with hepatitis B is fully preventable by having a vaccination.

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