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Hepatitis B

Sep 18, 2001

What are some of the symptoms for Hepatitis B?

Response from Mr. Kull

Infection with the hepatitis B virus (HBV) can lead to some of the following symptoms: Jaundice (yellow pigmentation to skin and eyes), fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, malaise, abdominal pain, and muscle and joint aches.

Most people who get infected with HBV may not experience any noticeable symptoms, some may experience symptoms immediately, and others may experience symptoms 30 to 180 days following infection. A small percentage may become chronic carriers of HBV, which can lead to fatal liver complications. This is why it is important that sexually active individuals get vaccinated againse HBV.

For more information about hepatitis, see The Body's page on "Hepatitis B Prevention and Treatment" (


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