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Hepatitis B

Early symptoms of the hepatitis B virus are flu-like, and infection can lead to liver disease and liver cancer. The virus circulates in the blood and body fluids of infected people, and spreads by sexual contact, other close contact and the sharing of needles and razors. Babies with infected mothers can also become infected during birth. However, a vaccination is available.

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Advisory Group on Hepatitis (AGH) (opens new window)

Advises Chief Medical Officers in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on appropriate policies for the prevention and control of viral hepatitis in the community and in health care settings.

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