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Worldwide, the hepatitis B virus infects an estimated 175 million people, or one-third of those infected with hepatitis-causing viruses.
For the last 2 decades, Chisari has studied how the immune system combats the hepatitis B virus.
HepaVaxx B is a therapeutic vaccine being developed for the treatment of patients chronically infected with hepatitis B virus.
Two years ago, virologists made a vaccine of viruses genetically engineered to carry parts of the hepatitis B virus (SN: 7/18/87, p.
Currently, Hepatitis B virus infects about 50-70% of China's 1.
Other studies already indicate that a significant portion of the cases may be caused by mutant forms of the hepatitis B virus (SN: 1/28/89, p.
25 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis B virus infection, and 4,000 to 5,000 people die each year from liver disease or liver cancer related to hepatitis B.
The first large-scale survey of healthy blood donors for hepatitis B DNA suggests a significant portion of the human population harbors mutant forms of the hepatitis B virus that can't be detected by current laboratory tests.

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