Hepatitis B (Chronic)

Hepatitis B is an infection that attacks the liver. It is caused by the hepatitis B virus and is transmitted through contact with the blood or other bodily fluids of an infected person, including through sexual contact, sharing needles or from mother to baby at birth. A chronic infection is when a person’s immune system cannot get rid of the virus and it remains in their blood and liver for more than six months. Long-term complications of a chronic infection may include cirrhosis or liver cancer. In some cases, treatment with antiviral medications is recommended to prevent complications from the infection. Hepatitis B can be prevented through vaccination – offered in grade seven and to those at high risk of infection.

 

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PHO Rounds: Novel Disease Surveillance Tools for the Next Pandemic

This seminar will introduce the concept of informal disease event monitoring systems and how this type of data can and has been used to explore communicable disease epidemiological trends among forcibly displaced persons worldwide.

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Updated 22 Oct 2019