Thursday, August 2, 2012
'Many unaware of HBV vaccine'
Various estimates suggest that in our country, there are 20 to 25 million Hepatitis B virus (HBV) positive persons and another 10 million Hepatitis C virus (HCV) positive cases. The irony, doctors assert, is that a majority of such persons are unaware that they are infected resulting in a silent HBV infection. Gastroenterologists regret that many are unaware about the existence of a HBV vaccine and there is no age limit for its administration. Any person who has tested positive for HBsAg, which is usually done during routine blood tests, should opt for a simple liver function test to ascertain whether they are inactive HBV carriers. “Inactive carriers are those who have HBV virus in their body but the viral DNA level is less than 2,000 International Units. Such persons do not have inflammation of liver and liver function is normal. However, they should careful because once their immunity levels drop, then HBV simply emerges,” says Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology department, Yashoda Hospitals, Dr. B. Ravi Shankar.
posted by SCIENCE NEWS at 1:38 AM