Klitschko-Chagaev fight on, hepatitis B no threat

World heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko will fight Ruslan Chagaev as planned on Saturday as the challenger’s hepatitis B virus poses no health threat, health officials said on Friday.

“Infection doesn’t mean illness. According to international expert opinions Ruslan Chagaev is regarded as non-infectious.”

“The risk of infecting officials and visitors is beyond minimal,” Gelsenkirchen health department chief Henriette Reker told reporters. Reker said all possible risks had been considered and said there was no need to re-evaluate the situation.

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