High levels of hepatitis B in 9 Asian and Pacific countries

The World Health Organization has reported high levels of hepatitis B infection in the populations of 9 Asian and Pacific countries, including Vietnam, Cambodia, Kiribati, Laos, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Vanuatu. In Vietnam, up to 20 percent of the entire population may be chronically infected with this virus.

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Advice For Travellers

Given the high levels of infection with hepatitis B in these countries, all travellers should obtain a vaccination against hepatitis B before they travel.