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Revista médica de Chile

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IBARRA V, Humberto. The changing epidemiology of viral hepatitis in Chile. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2007, vol.135, n.2, pp.229-239. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872007000200013.

The social and sanitary changes that Chile is experiencing will change the epidemiologic profile of viral hepatitis. Virus A hepatitis will displace to older ages, and immunization plans with specific vaccines should be considered. The real prevalence of hepatitis B may be higher, due to an underreporting of the disease. The education and vaccination of high risk groups should be reinforced. E virus hepatitis requires more research in risk groups and in certain animal species consumed by humans. C virus hepatitis is the greatest challenge as it causes chronic liver disease and is the main cause for liver transplantation

Keywords : Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Hepatitis C; Hepatitis E; Viral hepatitis vaccines.

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