What is the incidence of hepatitis B (HBV) (Hep B) in the US?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Nikolaos T Pyrsopoulos, MD, PhD, MBA, FACP, AGAF; Chief Editor: BS Anand, MD  more...
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An estimated 60,000 or less new cases of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection occur annually in the United States, and about 2 million or more people have chronic infection. [32] The prevalence of the disease is higher among black individuals and persons of Hispanic or Asian origin.

HBV disease not only accounts for 5-10% of cases of chronic end-stage liver disease and 10-15% of cases of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in the United States, it is also the dominant cause of cirrhosis and HCC worldwide.


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