Hepatitis can be prevented. It’s time to step up and stop the spread.
World Hepatitis Day falls on 28 July 2016. It is an annual affair which is celebrated on the same date, each year. In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) created ‘World Hepatitis Day’ with the hopes that people around the globe, will work together to halt the spread of hepatitis and eventually, put an end to this highly preventable disease.
400 million people around the globe are infected with Hepatitis
Close to 1.5 million people succumb to hepatitis each year
28 July was chosen in honour of the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg. Blumberg discovered the hepatitis B virus and developed the first hepatitis B vaccine.
Viral hepatitis is caused by a virus. It then leads to inflammation of the liver
There are five different hepatitis viruses:
– Hepatitis A
– Hepatitis B
– Hepatitis C
– Hepatitis D
– Hepatitis E
Hepatitis can lead to liver cancer. It is responsible for 80 % of liver cancer cases that end in death
When you know how hepatitis is transmitted, you will be able to reduce your risk of getting infected. Hepatitis can be transmitted via:
Unscreened blood transfusions
From mother to child
Sharing toothbrushes and razors
Hepatitis B can be prevented via vaccination
Your action plan:
Step 1: Reduce risks
Step 2: Get tested
Step 3: If needed, get treated
Take action. Stop the infection.