Indicator Report - Hepatitis B, Acute and Chronic Infections
Why Is This Important?Hepatitis B infection is a common cause of death associated with liver failure, cirrhosis and liver cancer. In New Mexico, approximately 5000 people are living with hepatitis B. Nationwide, hepatitis B infection is the cause of 2000-4000 deaths each year. Rates of new infection and acute disease are highest among adults, but chronic infection is more likely to occur in persons infected as infants or young children.(1)
The counties are shaded according to whether the county rate is lower, higher, or the same as the New Mexico statewide overall rate. A county rate is considered statistically higher than the state overall if the lower limit of the county rate 95% confidence interval was higher than the state rate. A county rate is considered statistically lower than the state overall if the upper limit of the county rate 95% confidence interval was lower than the state rate.
Data Notes** Data for Colfax, De Baca, Hidalgo, Lincoln, Mora, Quay, Torrance and Union counties were suppressed because the small number of cases in those counties produced statistically unstable results.
Data SourceNew Mexico Data Source, 2006 and later: New Mexico Electronic Disease Surveillance System (NM-EDSS), Infectious Disease Epidemiology Bureau, New Mexico Department of Health.
DefinitionThe number of acute and chronic hepatitis B infections reported per 100,000 population
How We Calculated the Rates
Page Content Updated On 12/14/2010, Published on 04/28/2011