Published in Gene Therapy Weekly, December 9th, 1996
Following initial infection with HBV, some individuals fail to resolve their infection and become chronic carriers. The proportion of HBV-infected chronic carriers is estimated between 5-20 percent of those infected as adults and as high as 95 percent in infants who were infected perinatally. There are estimated to be more than 250 million chronic HBV carriers in the world today. Persistent HBV infection is associated with liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular...
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