hepatitis D

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hepatitis D

n.
A viral hepatitis that is either acute or chronic, caused by an RNA virus and occurring either simultaneously with acute hepatitis B or as a superinfection in chronic hepatitis B. It is transmitted primarily by exposure to infected blood or blood products and is most prevalent in tropical and subtropical areas of the Mediterranean basin.
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Among specific topics are the origins and evolution of hepatitis B virus and hepatitis D virus, immune response in hepatitis B virus infection, the woodchuck as a non-primate model for immunipathogenesis and therapeutic immunomodulation in chronic hepatitis B virus infection, antiviral therapies and prospects for a cure of chronic hepatitis B, and hepatitis D virus co-infection and super-infection.
By the way, the hepatitis D virus is a defective virus that cannot exist alone.