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Thursday, March 15, 2012

County Campaigns for Hepatitis B Prevention

The preventable disease goes undetected in two-thirds of the Asian population.

More than 600 people gathered at Dynasty Restaurant Friday night to kick off the "Hep B Free: Santa Clara County" campaign, but guest count pales in comparison to the 1.4 million people in the U.S. who live with chronic hepatitis B virus.

Nationwide, chronic hepatitis B causes up to 80 percent of all liver cancer cases. Its numbers are especially concerning in the Asian population, where about 48,000 Asian Santa Clara County residents are inflicted with the disease.

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