What Is the Hepatitis B Virus?

Q:
What Is the Hepatitis B Virus?

A:
The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the cause of hepatitis B, which is a serious liver infection.

Common ways for HBV transmission are:

  • Birth to an infected mother
  • Unprotected sexual contact with an infected person
  • Sharing of contaminated needles, syringes, or other injection drug equipment
  • Needlesticks or other sharp instrument injuries

The incubation period of the virus ranges from 60 to 150 days with an average of 90 days.

 

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