Viral hepatitis (Hepatitis A, B & C) is the leading infectious
cause of death in the United States, but people have little awareness of
the virus, including many health care providers, according to the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Every year, viral
hepatitis takes the lives of 12,000-15,000 Americans, yet it remains
largely unknown to the general public, says HHS.
One particular deadly strain of viral hepatitis is Hepatitis B, which
is the most common virus in the world. About 2 billion people have been
infected (1 out of 3 people), 400 million people are chronically
infected, 10-30 million will become infected each year, and an estimated
1 million people die each year from Hepatitis B and its complications.