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Treating Hepatitis B Runs Up Against Hmong Culture

August 08, 2010

In Fresno, Calif., 17 percent of the Hmong/Laotian community has Hepatitis B. The disease is a liver killer, fairly easy to transmit, and most of the people infected don't know they have it. The problem is, even if Hmong did know they had it, most of them wouldn't treat it. That's because their collective belief system dictates they handle this, and other diseases, as a spiritual problem. From Capitol Public Radio in Sacramento, John Sepulvado reports on how public health officials are trying to combat this problem.

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