Jan 16, 2010 Volume 375 Number 9710 Pages 171 – 252
Rethinking strategies to control hepatitis B and hepatitis C
Hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses are common, infecting about 500 million people worldwide. Often asymptomatic, the disease might not be noticed until complications, such as hepatocellular carcinoma, develop. Hepatitis B can be prevented by vaccination, and simple precautions reduce infection from both viruses. But this knowledge has not been translated into decreased incidence in the USA. The Institute of Medicine investigated why not in Hepatitis and liver cancer: a national strategy for prevention and control of hepatitis B and C published on Jan 11.