Hepadna Virus Page
WHAT IS THIS?
- 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
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
- 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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Professor Bob's Home Page
- Created by Tiffany Chang
on March 4, 1999
- Last Updated March 16,
- Human Biology Major,