Hepatitis almost as lethal as HIV despite lack of awareness

According to data from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington viral hepatitis killed more people than HIV in 117 of 187 countries around the world.

Some people might associate hepatitis with the painful hepatitis A and B shots they once received. Others might recognize the name from a documentary about infectious disease. The reality of the situation is that hepatitis was responsible for 1.445 million deaths in 2010. That number is a close second to the 1.465 deaths caused by HIV/AIDS.

The Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation tracked the death rates of both diseases in 187 countries. Out of these 187 countries, 117 of them had more deaths caused by hepatitis. Some of these countries include Mongolia, Yemen, Iraq, Poland and even the United States.

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