Australia: Funding Needed to Stem Flow of Hepatitis B Cases
October 23, 2008
At the sixth Australasian Viral Hepatitis Conference in Brisbane this week, health experts called for greater attention and funding to hepatitis B in Australia. More than 160,000 Australians are affected by the virus, and some 6,000 new cases are reported each year. "Unlike hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS, there is currently no government-endorsed national strategy or support for people living with [hepatitis B virus]," said Professor Stephen Locarnini of the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory. "There's a perception that because we have an Australian vaccination program, we can afford to relax on hepatitis B. Vaccination is effective for prevention, but we also need to focus our efforts on helping people already living with chronic hepatitis B," he said.
Australian Associated Press
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