Viral Hepatitis Surveillance Report 2019

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Acute cases reported

Reported acute cases per 100,000 people

Acute infections estimated


*95% Bootstrap Confidence Interval: (11,800–50,800)

AT A GLANCE: Acute Hepatitis B in 2019

Rates of acute hepatitis B remained low in children and adolescents, likely due to childhood vaccinations. However, more than half of acute hepatitis B cases reported to CDC in 2019 were among persons aged 30–49 years.

Groups Most Affected by Acute Hepatitis B in 2019

By Age†
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30–39 years: 1.8 cases per 100,000 people
40–49 years: 2.7 cases per 100,000 people
50–59 years: 1.6 cases per 100,000 people

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By Sex†
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Males: 1.3 cases per 100,000 people

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By Race/ Ethnicity†
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White, non-Hispanic people: 1.0 cases per 100,000 people

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By Risk
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Injection Drug Use (IDU): Among the 1,780 reported cases with IDU information available, 631 (35%) report IDU

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† Indicates groups at or above the US rate in 2019

Hepatitis B Surveillance Data