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Introduction

Viral hepatitis: current status and issues
  • Edouard Kurstak
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Abstract

Hepatitis is generally defined as a inflammation of the liver and may be due to a variety of causes as drugs, toxins and viruses. The most common causative agent of acute hepatitis is viral in nature. In recent years, significant advances in the understanding of viral hepatitis have occurred with the elucidation of the viral structure, molecular events during infection and pathogenic mechanisms (Krugman, 1985; Zuckerman, 1988; Hollinger et al., 1991; McLachlan, 1991; Kurstak, 1992). Since the suggestion of the viral etiology of hepatitis in the context of acute yellow atrophy of liver, knowledge of the nature and diversity of viruses causing hepatitis in humans has substantially increased.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edouard Kurstak
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    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyUniversity of MontrealCanada
  2. 2.World Health OrganizationGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.King Fahad National Guard HospitalRiyadhSaudi Arabia

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