Hepatitis B is a serious liver infection caused by the hepatitis B virus. It is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. Hepatitis B is a potentially life-threatening liver infection transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. Having chronic hepatitis B increases the risk of developing liver failure, liver cancer or cirrhosis.
Hepatitis B signs and symptoms may include:
- Abdominal pain
- Dark urine
- Joint pain
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea and vomiting
- Weakness and fatigue
- Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes
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