Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Migration 'fuelling Hepatitis B'

BBC reports, "Hepatitis B could be added to the list of childhood vaccinations
Increasing immigration means the UK must start thinking seriously about vaccinating every new child against Hepatitis B, specialists claim.
The Hepatitis B Foundation UK estimates the number of cases of the condition has almost doubled in six years, due in part to the arrival of infected people.

There is currently nothing to stop this estimated figure - 326,000 - doubling again, it says.

The charity also wants to see at-risk groups targeted, tested and treated.

The Hepatitis B virus is transmitted through contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, for instance via unprotected sex or the sharing of contaminated needles."

So why vaccinate everyone when not all of us are into exchanging body fluids or injecting street drugs? This of course from the nation that refuses to discriminate e.g do some profiling before airport searches

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