During acute hepatitis what is the hepatitis B virus doing and where is this in relation to the HBV life cycle?  

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Hepatitis B is a virus that is spread through blood or body fluids.  Acute hepatitis Busually occurs within the first six months of being infected with the virus.  Some symptoms of acute hepatitis B are nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, jaundice, and joint pain.

If left untreated, acute hepatitis B can turn into a chronic hepatitis B infection.  Many people can live with chronic hepatitis B for years without presenting any symptoms.  A blood can determine if someone has hepatitis B.  Hepatitis B can be prevented and treated by being vaccinated for the disease. 

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