Tiffany's Hepadna Virus Page

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Electron Micrograph of Hepatitis B virus (HBV)
(Courtesy of Linda Stannard, University of Cape Town)


Sticks and marbles? A closeup of your Dad's favorite tie? Maybe x-rays of disco balls? The answer, kids, is none of the above. If you haven't guessed already from the title of my page, you're looking at HBV, otherwise known as Hepatits B.
        A member of the family Hepadnaviridae, Hepatitis B is one of the most common human pathogens known to man, infecting approxiamately 350 million people worldwide. Of these, 25-40% will develop severe diseases such as liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma and die. 25% are children under the age of 5, with a significant number coming from Africa or Asia.
        This page hopes to give a general and comprehensible overview of the various aspects of hepatitis B and its impacts on the world today. Included is a link on orphaned kids infected with the disease as well as links to support groups for people whose lives are affected by hepatits B. As much as this virus looks like sticks and marbles, it isn't a game, and the first step to elimination is education.
So do you want to educate yourself? Be my guest and click away!
Just on a sidenote: This page is an addition to the previous hepadnavirus page created last year for the course Humans & Viruses taught by Professor Robert Siegel. More features including places to go for support, physician advice, and current updates will be posted soon.


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Created by Tiffany Chang on March 4, 1999
Last Updated March 16, 1999
Human Biology Major, Stanford University