China Has 93 Million Hepatitis B Surface Antigen Carriers: Ministry
April 24, 2008
In a report released Monday, the Ministry of Health said about 93 million Chinese, 7.18 percent of the nation's population, have hepatitis B surface antigen. A protein antigen produced by the hepatitis B virus, HBsAg is the earliest sign of acute HBV infection and often identifies people with the infection before symptoms are evident.
Persons seeking government as well as private employment in China have long complained of discrimination against those with HBV. Standards released by the government in 2005 declare that people with HBV are eligible for civil service so long as their infection does not progress to the disease stage.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.