Top factors that contribute to Hepatitis B
Hepatitis B, unlike Hepatitis A, is a chronic and life-threatening infection of the liver. WHO statistics indicate that only 0.7% of the population in the country is infected, and this success has been due to vaccinations that offer 98% -100% protection against Hepatitis B. Once infected, Hepatitis B can be acute or chronic.
The impact of acute Hepatitis B is likely to last for less than 6 months and the infected will see improvements in their condition with medication and time. Chronic Hepatitis B can last for more than 6 months. Those affected can be young or old and are at risk of diseases like failure, cirrhosis, and cancer of the liver.
Total recovery from both acute and chronic Hepatitis B is possible, but the damage caused to the liver and the impact will remain throughout one’s lifetime. Recovery for adults is near total; however, in children, it could lead to a chronic condition requiring long term treatment and in some cases, some attention even after recovery. There is no cure for Hepatitis B, and if you are infected, you must take all precautions to make sure that you do not pass on this infection to others.
Some of the immediate symptoms of Hepatitis B are
The symptoms can take one to two months to show in adults and in many cases, and there could be no symptoms seen in children.
Main causes of Hepatitis B transmission
Hepatitis B virus is commonly found in bodily fluids like blood and semen. Any transmission will happen only when we come into contact with these. Note that Hepatitis B is not airborne and does not spread through cough or sneeze.
The cause for worry is that Hepatitis B virus can stay outside of the human body for about seven days. If it can enter the body of a person who has not received a vaccination, it can infect them. So, vaccination that has proved extremely effective and successful is the safest route to the prevention of Hepatitis B.