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Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver due to Hepatitis B virus which is spread by contact with infected blood and blood products, sexual secretions and sexual intercourse, causing fever and jaundice. Because of the mode of spread, risk groups include homosexuals and sex workers, haemophiliacs and other people with illnesses treated with blood products, health workers, intra-venous drug users, and people in some armies, in some prison and in other violent institutions. Up to 10% get chronic liver disease, sometimes leading to cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or cancer of the liver. A vaccine exists.

Hepatitis B caused 0.2% of all deaths worldwide in 2002 with an average of 17 deaths per million people. Deaths from liver cancer and occassionally renal failure are counted separately.

International Classification of Diseases-10 codes: B16-B19 (minus B17.1, B18.2),

Territories are sized in proportion to the absolute number of people who died from hepatitis b in one year.

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