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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Hmong get ally in fight to prevent Hepatitis B

Prevention organization assisting community.

Project Prevention — an organization of young professionals, a community researcher and UC Merced students — decided it was time to take action to address the problem, at least on a small scale, targeting the Hmong community in Merced.

It's estimated that one in five Hmong are infected with chronic Hepatitis B, said Yer Xiong, coordinator for Project Prevention. The disease, which can be transmitted like HIV — mother-to-baby, infected blood, drugs and sex — leads to liver cancer.

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