BBC: Viral Hepatitis 'Kills as Many as AIDS or TB'

By Smitha Mundasad

The report estimates that hepatitis infections and their complications led to 1.45m deaths in 2013 - despite the existence of vaccines and treatments.

World Health Organization data shows there were 1.2m AIDS-related deaths in 2014, while TB led to 1.5m deaths.

The WHO has put forward a global strategy to tackle hepatitis.

'Startling findings'

Researchers say these plans must be put into action urgently to tackle the crisis.