Viral hepatitis is now a leading cause of death worldwide, killing as many people annually as malaria, TB or HIV/AIDS, according to a study published today in The Lancet.
Analyzing data from 183 countries, researchers from Imperial College London and University of Washington reported that viral hepatitis deaths grew by 63% between 1990 and 2013. Hepatitis B and C, which cause liver damage (cirrhosis) and liver cancer, caused 96% of the deaths.
The Quote: “Although there are effective treatments and vaccines for viral hepatitis, there is very little money invested in getting these to patients–especially compared to malaria, HIV/AIDS and TB,” said lead author Graham Cooke of Imperial College London.
Imperial College London