Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. Across Europe, 23 million citizens are infected with the hepatitis virus, with many new infections annually and 125,000 fatal casualties due to hepatitis-related diseases annually, a figure that is increasing. The WHO estimates that two billion people worldwide have been infected with the hepatitis B virus, about 150 million people suffer from a chronic hepatitis C and more than 350 million have chronic liver infections. Without treatment, both types can lead to cirrhosis and cancer and can cause serious secondary damages such as cardio vascular diseases or diabetes.
SOURCE European Liver Patients Association (ELPA)