Hepatitis D – Symptoms and CausesGenerally infection with the hepatitis D virus will reflect the epidemiology of the infection with hepatitis B prevalence but will at the same time have some unique variations. In parts of the world where there is a low rate of long-term or chronic hepatitis B virus infection there will also be a very low rate of infection with the hepatitis D virus, being somewhat codependent in their development in getting to very serious stage. It is highly recommended that you visit your doctor at least once per year, to do a full check-up and at the same time to have a very healthy life style and exercise daily if possible.
Due to the nature of the codependency of the hepatitis D virus on the hepatitis B virus for its replication, this infection can be prevented by preventing the primary infection with the hepatitis B virus through a very routine vaccination or by administering this type of vaccine and at the same time hepatitis B immune globulin also known as HBIG for the people that have a low immune system and this type of globulin will contain very high levels of hepatitis B virus antibodies, immediately being administered to the ones that were exposed to this type of illness.
Sadly, there is no vaccine up to the present that will prevent infection with the hepatitis D virus within the persons that already has been chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus thus there is a need in protection and preventing such an infection primarily and reducing any kind of exposure to infected blood with hepatitis D virus and any other body fluids that may contain small doses of infected blood.
This type of prevention can be practiced through safe sex, not sharing injecting drug paraphernalia and preventing any kind of contact with infected blood or any other body fluids that will contain small doses of infected blood. The dependency of the hepatitis D virus on the hepatitis B virus will reflect surely into the symptoms as well and their onset will be most commonly abrupt and will include a poor appetite, fatigue, vomiting, fever, rashes and in some occasions even joint pains. Within its development urine will become even darker and take a tone of black tea and then jaundice will come in which is a yellowing of the whites of the eyes and of the skin. In some cases children do not present fever but this symptom may be very strong in adolescents. Adults will develop cirrhosis in 70% of the cases of infection with the hepatitis D virus this being a rate that is much higher than the cases of infection with hepatitis B or C virus.
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