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I'm back now with the doctors tell -- about a scary new statistic that shows hepatitis B is on the rise and our country.
In fact more than one point three million people they say live with the disease most foreign born.
Henderson money first of all what is hepatitis B how do you get it and that and how do you prevent from getting.
Hepatitis B is is serious problem won't deliver.
And actually this study that just came out is very very serious the statistics.
We -- is about one point three but now the prevalence in America is about 2.2 million.
People out there -- hepatitis B -- and it's a very serious issue because.
Hepatitis B over time.
Can actually cause liver disease can cause cirrhosis where you know deliver -- to function in your body fills up with fluid jaundice or that yellowish color that you've seen patients can get very sick.
-- -- the hepatitis B can become a liver cancer.
And the prognosis -- that is very very poor surgeries that on the option if you don't get the cancer.
He usually die within six months to a year so you really want to make sure you prevented.
Now a lot of these foreigners and immigrants are coming from countries so that China.
And fear that means that's 40% of the people that -- home and -- carriers and you may or may not have any symptoms that's a problem.
You get -- through sexual activity begins through blood -- through needle IV drug use or tattoos he want to be very careful.
And the good thing is that we have a test you can get a blood test.
Hepatitis surface antigen or antibody.
Doctor -- can get a book and tell us exactly would if the person.
He's a carrier and the way to prevent it is really use condoms when you have any sexual activity so there's no better you have to be very very take this very seriously.
Health care workers doctors surgeons were exposed to blogger explosive needles.
This is more serious than HIV because -- really know what you but the average person doctor -- should you get it always get a blood test for hepatitis B.
We're going -- on the certain that a blood test but -- -- what you're -- punitive action against him.
And by the way David is right and how -- characterizes this you're not gonna get this by wiping your nose on something about touching a surface you could get over the cut though when you get it from blood.
And you can get a from sexual transmission the problem is.
The big study out of Seattle shows that we have a lot more than in this country than we thought over two million people 400 million people around the world.
More than half of them are people that came into the country and I'll tell you why Eric.
The reason is because we -- now vaccinating 90% of our kids are infants with this hepatitis B vaccine.
Everyone needs to get this is an infant in your vaccinated.
And it's three vaccines over a course of months you're not gonna get what if you haven't done that what do you do and what he tell -- doctor tomorrow about this you get it now if you haven't had the hepatitis B series usually go to your doctor and get it now.
You -- you have to get -- if you travel out of the country to certain countries but I believe everyone in the cards that you have this this is how does that protect OK very good advice on hepatitis B --
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