MANILA -- July 28, 2013 -- The Western Pacific Region achieved an 85 percent increase in vaccination against hepatitis B infections for newborns and a 90 percent increase in three-dose coverage in the 1990-2011 period, the World Health Organization said on Sunday.
The World Health Organization in the Western Pacific Region, based in Manila, Philippines, said that at least 30 of the 37 countries and areas in the Western Pacific Region, including Australia, China, Malaysia, Mongolia and China's Hong Kong and Macao, are estimated to have reduced chronic hepatitis B infection rates in children to less than 2 percent, which was a regional milestone set for 2012.
The Western Pacific Region has the highest rates of chronic hepatitis B infections in the world, causing an estimated 890 deaths every day. Most chronic hepatitis B infections in the region are acquired during birth or early childhood, said the WHO regional office on the day of the World Hepatitis Day, which falls on Sunday this year.
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