Tracking Hepatitis 'Superinfection'

Morbidity and mortality rates from chronic hepatitis B are likely worsened by a high prevalence of hepatitis D “superinfection” in western and central Africa, a new systematic review and meta-analysis finds.

The researchers examined 30 studies, concluding that hepatitis D is likely endemic in “localized clusters” across sub-Saharan Africa. Their findings, writes Michael P. Manns of Hanover Medical School in Germany, highlight the need for more screening for hepatitis D infection, the importance of including Africa in future drug trials and the urgency of ongoing efforts to vaccinate against hepatitis B.

Source: The Lancet Global Health

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