October 21, 2020
Exploring Hepatitis in Nigeria and beyond (articles from The Conversation)

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In Nigeria alone, there could be about 15 million people who are unaware that they are infected. The danger of this is that some of them could go on to develop liver disease, including cancer. They could also continue to infect others around them, especially family members and sexual partners. This is why it is important to screen family members and sexual contacts of anyone diagnosed with hepatitis B virus infection.

Reference: Akande, K.O. 2020. "Why Nigeria must find everyone who has hepatitis and doesn’t know it". The Conversation.

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From the article:

There are different strains of the virus, causing hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Of major concern in sub-Saharan Africa is hepatitis B. With a prevalence of 6.1%, it is more common in the region than HIV, which stands at prevalence of 4.9%. In the WHO African region, mother-to-child transmission and horizontal transmission during early childhood are the leading causes of hepatitis B infection.

Reference: Bakibinga, P. Hillary, A. 2020. "A hard journey to a future free of hepatitis in Africa". The Conversation.