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A recent study in New York City found that 15% of the immigrant Asian population tested positive for chronic hepatitis B infection.
That's 35 times higher than the infection rate in the overall U.S. population!
Although this study was limited to New York City, screening programs in other cities have reported similar infection rates.
These persons likely acquired their infections in their countries of origin, where the virus is acquired at birth or during early childhood.
If you have loved ones or friends who are Asian immigrants, encourage them to get screened. It could save their life.
Source: CDC. MMWR™ Weekly. 2006;55(18):505-509.