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NGO sounds alarm on rising hepatitis deaths in Asia

Published on Jul 26, 2013 11:43 AM

SINGAPORE (AFP) - A Singapore-based group fighting the spread of viral hepatitis called for greater political will to combat the disease on Friday, as new data showed it killed one person every 30 seconds in Asia.

Ding-Shinn Chen, chair of NGO the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP), said the latest figures show that one million people die from the illness in the region annually, up from 695,000 in 1990.

This translates to one person dying every 30 seconds from hepatitis, according to the figures, derived from the latest Global Burden of Disease Study led by the University of Washington.

The results were released publicly in June.

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