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Hepatitis B is a liver disease caused by infection with a virus. It is called the hepatitis B virus. Infection with hepatitis B virus can cause acute or chronic infection of the liver.
The hepatitis vaccine is given to new born babies and the reason is very serious. Hepatitis B can become a chronic infection and can lead to lead to cirrhosis, liver failure and liver cancer.
Hepatitis B is one the most serious types of viral hepatitis. Consult your doctor if you think you may have been exposed to hepatitis B virus Symptoms suggestive of liver disease which may be hepatitis B are loss of appetite, feeling tired (fatigue) or exhausted, nausea and vomiting, jaundice, dark coloured urine, pale stools.
Infection with hepatitis B virus may cause acute or chronic hepatitis. Most people with acute hepatitis are able to deactivate the virus without treatment in a few months. The course of chronic hepatitis B is variable and depends on several factors such as the patient's age at infection, the extent of viral load, and the immune system's ability to control the infection.