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Warning as 193 hepatitis infections are reported

A total of 100 hepatitis B infections and 93 hepatitis C infections were reported in Northern Ireland in 2018
A total of 100 hepatitis B infections and 93 hepatitis C infections were reported in Northern Ireland in 2018

By David Reed

A total of 100 hepatitis B infections and 93 hepatitis C infections were reported in Northern Ireland in 2018.

The figures emerged as the Public Health Agency urged anyone who thinks they may be at risk of having contracted hepatitis to get tested and treated.

Hepatitis is the term used to describe inflammation of the liver. It is usually the result of a viral infection or liver damage caused by drinking alcohol.

Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34m deaths per year.

Dr Anna McKeever, specialist registrar in public health at the PHA, explained: "Both hepatitis B and C are diseases that people can have for many years without developing any symptoms. However, they may be passed on to other people during this time and can lead to liver damage (cirrhosis) and liver cancer."

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