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What's the difference between acute and chronic viral hepatitis?

Acute viral hepatitis is a short-term, viral infection. Chronic viral hepatitis is a longer-lasting, and generally life-long, viral infection lasting at least six months. To find out if you have acute or chronic viral hepatitis, your doctor will do a medical evaluation that includes blood tests.
This answer is based on source information from The Federal Government Source for Women's Health Information.

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