Hepatitis B is a virus transmitted disease and it gradually damages the liver and manifests only 15 to 18 years later as liver damage, showing up as abdominal pain, fatigue, weakness, fever and yellowing of skin and eyes.
Amitabh said how the virus attacked him. It was due to the accident during the shooting of the film Coolie, he received 60 bottles of blood from 200 donors, one of whom was carrying the virus. Amitabh further said "At that time (in 1982), the Australian antigen of Hepatitis B had just been discovered and perhaps there was no sufficient screening for it to be detected in the donor's blood. I was carrying the virus that was slowly damaging my liver for 18 years before doctors diagnosed it in 2000, after which I began treatment and I continue to take medication even today."
It is a shocking news for Amitabh fans but it will also inspire the Hep B patients to fight against the disease.