It depends on the form. Hepatitis A rarely causes death, however hepatitis E can be deadly in pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Controlapos;s latest estimate puts the numbers for hepatitis A and E somewhere between 400,000 and 600,000 infected people in the U.S.
Hepatitis B (HBV), on the other hand, is far more widespread and deadly. It is the ninth leading cause of death around the world and is estimated to have 300 million chronic carriers worldwide. Of the people infected with HBV, 15 to 20 percent die of liver cancer or the condition known as cirrhosis of the liver. Hepatitis D only develops with HBV.
Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most widespread in the U.S. About 4-5 million people have tested positive for this condition and another 30,000 develop it annually. Like hepatitis B, it can eventually lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer.
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