Experts call for stepped-up hepatitis battle

A nurse loads a syringe with a vaccine against hepatitis at a free immunization clinic for students in Lynwood, California on August, 27, 2013The world can beat the cancer-causing disease hepatitis if it raises its game, but treatment programmes need to go hand in hand with those tackling the likes of HIV, experts said Thursday. Viral hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known by the letters A, B, C, D or E, which attack the liver. Despite killing close to 1.4 million people every year — with Asia the hardest-hit region — hepatitis has long failed to grab the spotlight. Ninety percent of deaths are from hepatitis B and C, responsible for two-thirds of the global liver cancer toll.

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