Medical Virology of Hepatitis B: how it began and where we are now

@inproceedings{Gerlich2013MedicalVO,
  title={Medical Virology of Hepatitis B: how it began and where we are now},
  author={Wolfram H. Gerlich},
  booktitle={Virology Journal},
  year={2013}
}
Infection with hepatitis B virus (HBV) may lead to acute or chronic hepatitis. HBV infections were previously much more frequent but there are still 240 million chronic HBV carriers today and ca. 620,000 die per year from the late sequelae liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma. Hepatitis B was recognized as a disease in ancient times, but its etiologic agent was only recently identified. The first clue in unraveling this mystery was the discovery of an enigmatic serum protein named… CONTINUE READING
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