Cuba: No Reports of Hepatitis B Infection in Children

Havana, Oct 23 (Prensa Latina) Free vaccination of children in Cuba allows the country to have, since 2000, zero cases of acute hepatitis B infection in children under five years of age, digital media reported on Tuesday.

In addition, since 2007, incidences of the disease have disappeared before the age of 15, Zurina Cinza, a specialist at the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology of Havana, told Granma newspaper.

In order to achieve those results, the recombinant vaccine against hepatitis B, Heberbiovac HB®, which depends on the recombinant protein obtained through genetic information, is produced.

According to the expert, in Cuba, HeberNasvac® was also obtained, which is another option available for the care of adult patients with chronic infection with the hepatitis B virus.

The treatment with this drug is shorter, with fewer doses, and the existence of the product in the country can meet the demand from the Cuban population, in addition that there is a stock for export to other nations, assured the scientist.

Statistics from the World Health Organization show the existence of 257 million people chronically infected with hepatitis B in the world, which could lead to liver cirrhosis or hepatocellular carcinoma in 25 percent of patients, and can be the cause of death for 650,000 people.

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