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The vast majority of people who are infected with hepatitis B are able to fight against the virus, meaning that their infection will never be chronic (long term).
They can stay healthy without any symptoms, then they remove the virus from their bodies. Some do not even know they were infected.
However, until the virus was cleared from their bodies, can transmit the virus to others.
Other people have symptoms similar to those of hepatitis, which includes:
- Flu-like symptoms such as fatigue, generalized aches and pains, headache and fever,
- Loss of appetite and weight loss,
- Nausea or vomiting
- Abdominal pain and
- Jaundice (see box).
Hepatitis B is said to be chronic when you have been infected for more than six months.
The earlier the disease is contracted, the greater the chance of developing a chronic viral infection. Therefore, babies and children are particularly at risk of developing chronic diseases.
It is less common in adults: only 2-10% of people with hepatitis B will go on to have chronic infection in the UK.
If you have chronic hepatitis B, you can not have symptoms. This means that you can spread the virus without knowing it.
If you have symptoms that come and go. There is a possibility that you will develop permanent scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis, and may develop liver cancer.
Fulminant hepatitis B
Rarely, a severe form of hepatitis called fulminant hepatitis B occurs. Symptoms include collapsing, severe jaundice and swelling of the abdomen and can be fatal.