Hepatitis B

Developed in collaboration with the Evidence-Based Migrant Health Guidelines Team

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Dr. Chris Greenaway will describe the key points of the Hepatitis B review of the Canadian Collaboration for Immigrant and Refugee Health Evidence-based clinical guidelines.

Key points

  • Newly arrived immigrants and refugees have aprevalence of chronic hepatitis B infection of about 4% as compared with 0.5% in the Canadian-born population.
  • Immigrants have increased mortality from chronic and viral hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma than the Canadian-born population, likely primarily because of increased prevalence of undetected and untreated chronic hepatitis B infection.
  • Immigrants would benefit from screening for chronic hepatitis B.
  • Immigrants would benefit from hepatitis B vaccination.

CMAJ evidence review

Evidence Based Migrant Health Network

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