How does the global prevalence of the HBeAg-negative strain of hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B) vary among regions?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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The prevalence of the HBeAg-negative virus varies from one region to another. Estimates indicate that among patients with chronic HBV infection, 50-60% of those from Southern Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, as well as 10-30% of patients in the United States and Europe, have been infected with this strain.


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