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Hepatitis - Hepatitis G Virus

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Little is currently known about a relatively recently discovered hepatitis virus, G. HGV appears to be passed through contaminated blood, as is HCV. In fact, many infections with HVG occur in people already infected with HCV. HGV, however, does not seem to change the disease course in people infected with both HCV and HGV. In cases of isolated HGV infection, little liver injury is noted, and there does not appear to be a risk of chronic liver injury. Much more information must be sought about this particular hepatitis virus, and its risks.

Resources

Books

Kurstak, E. Viral Hepatitis-Current Status and Issues. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1993.

Nishioka, K., et al. Viral Hepatitis and Liver Disease. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1993.

Marie L. Thompson

KEY TERMS

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Carrier

—An individual who has a particular bacteria present within his/her body, and can pass this bacteria on to others, but who displays no symptoms of infection.

Coinfection

—Infecting together requiring at least one other infectious organism for infection.

Self-limiting

—Runs its course, ends or dies out as a result of its own progress.

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