World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis B and hepatitis C and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C. This presently represents 1 in 14 people.
Hepatitis B is an infectious inflammatory illness of the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) that affects hominoidea, including humans. The acute illness causes liver inflammation, vomiting, jaundice and, rarely, death. Chronic hepatitis B may eventually cause cirrhosis and liver cancer - a disease with poor response to all but a few current therapies. The infection is preventable by vaccination.
Hepatitis C is an infectious disease affecting primarily the liver, caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is often asymptomatic, but this will go on to develop liver failure, liver cancer or life-threatening esophageal and gastric varices.
Both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C spread primarily by blood-to-blood contact, poorly sterilized medical equipments and transfusions. These can be prevented and cured with vaccinations. If you are one suffering with it, consult a doctor today!
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