A Stanford liver disease expert and leading anti-hepatitis campaigner recently discussed what it will take to rub out viral hepatitis and why it’s important. Hint: It causes more than 20,000 U.S. deaths annually.
The United States could be free of viral hepatitis as a public health problem by 2030, but support from the highest levels of government would be needed, according to a recently published report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
Though not widely seen as a major problem, viral hepatitis causes more than 20,000 deaths in the United States annually and more than 1.4 million worldwide, mostly due to infection with either the hepatitis B virus or the hepatitis C virus. Often symptomless at first, these infections can lead to liver damage and cancer.