The WHO website states that an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A occur annually, an estimated two billion people worldwide have been infected with the hepatitis B virus and 150 million people are chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus. Staggering!
On 16 July, health officials in the US state of Colorado warned 8,000 patients of a Denver-area dentist to get tested for HIV and hepatitis after it was revealed that he reused dirty needles on patients for 12 years between September 1999 and June 2011.
Four months ago, in a small town in Punjab, a 17-year-old girl went for dental surgery, and was advised a routine blood test. The test revealed that she was suffering from hepatitis B. This serious liver infection, her doctor surmised, was possibly due to an injection with an unsafe needle sometime back to treat a recurring fever. “While this girl’s diseased state got…

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