Hepatitis B vaccination in Africa: mission accomplished?Hepatitis B vaccination in Africa: mission accomplished?
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Epidemiology and social medicine (ESOC)
The Southern African journal of epidemiology and infection. - Johannesburg
23(2008):1, p. 24-28
University of Antwerp
Hepatitis B more than ever holds a prominent position among the most notorious infectious diseases on a global scale and remains an actual threat to the world population. However, not all countries or continents are equally affected. Sub-Saharan Africa for example is a high-endemic region, with carrier rates of hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) 8% among certain population groups, representing a significant burden to the health and development of a number of societies.