What is Hepatitis ?


Types of Hepatitis and their Causes

  • Hepatitis means inflammation of liver cells.

  • It is divided into several types according to its cause. In Hong Kong, viral hepatitis is more commonly seen. Hepatitis caused by alcohol, drugs, chemicals or genetic diseases is less common.

  • There are at least 5 viruses that can cause infective hepatitis. These are hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses.

  • Hepatitis A and E are transmitted by contaminated food and water; hepatitis B, C and D on the other hand are transmitted by blood or body fluids.
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