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Are there different types of hepatitis B?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Chronic hepatitis B
There is only one type of chronic hepatitis B. Symptoms can vary between people. Most symptoms of chronic hepatitis are mild. People may not have any early symptoms or symptoms can appear between three and five months after infection. Chronic hepatitis B virus can cause different types of liver damage, including cirrhosis, liver failure, and liver cancer.

Acute hepatitis B
There is only one type of acute hepatitis B. Symptoms can vary between people. Although most symptoms of acute hepatitis are mild, severe symptoms can occur especially in people age 60 and over. There is no cure for acute hepatitis B virus. The hepatitis B vaccine can prevent both the chronic and acute form of hepatitis B.

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