Many viruses can cause multisystem disease in humans. There are 5 hepatotropic viruses that primarily infect the human liver and cause hepatitis: A, B, C, D, and E. In 1996 a sixth virus, hepatitis G virus, was described, but its role in human disease remains uncertain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 10 cases of viral hepatitis per 100,000 people are reported each year in the United States. The causes, diagnosis, and treatment of each virus are reviewed.
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Subjects: Infectious Diseases
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