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8. Know your family history. 

Viral hepatitis is especially common in certain parts of the world, including Sub-Saharan Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, the Amazon basin, and Asia.

It’s important to know whether a family member (including an adopted child) was born in one of these regions, so that he/she can get a simple blood test to check for hepatitis.

“We recommend that people be screened for hepatitis if they were born in a country where hepatitis B rates are high,” says Ward. “Anytime one member of the household is found to be infected, all family members should be screened.”

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