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[Comment] No more excuses: viral hepatitis can be eliminated

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has recognised an infectious disease that the Millennium Development Goals omitted. UN Member States have now made a commitment to combat hepatitis under Goal 3.3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),1 as a threat comparable to the “big three” communicable diseases—HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Viral hepatitis is not an emerging infectious disease, but the cause of a silent epidemic of serious and often fatal liver disease, including liver cancer; the causative agents (hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E viruses) have been circulating in the human population for millennia.