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World Hepatitis Day – July 28

Every year World Hepatitis Day is celebrated on the 28th of July. Based on the American National Institute of Health roughly 43 out of 100,000 adults, and approximately 2-10 out of 100,000 kids suffer from an autoimmune form of hepatitis.

What is Hepatitis?

Hepatitis is a term used to describe irritation of the liver. The process of inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection or injury, which can result in pain and swelling.

There are many reasons for the hepatitis. Hepatitis caused by viral infection is caused by the virus. It can be severe (lasting under six months)) and chronic (lasting more than six years). Certain types of viral Hepatitis can be transmitted via sexual contact.

There are five hepatitis viruses which are classified by alphabets A through E.

Globally, around 354 million individuals are infected by the chronic form of liver diseases B and C. In addition, approximately 1.1 million sufferers die every year due to complications like liver cirrhosis, and cancer. Many people with hepatitis are not aware of the illness and that is why it’s been referred to as”the “silent killer” for decades. Effective and safe vaccines can stop the development of hepatitis B and antiviral medicines can treat persistent hepatitis B and treat the majority of cases of Hepatitis C. To be able to achieve these outcomes and eradicate hepatitis as an issue of public health risk by 2030, continued efforts, increased accessibility, and accurate testing are required.

In the Southeast Asia region, approximately 20% of the world’s deaths from hepatitis occur. A majority of the fatalities are caused by hepatitis B as well as C. There is believed that 60 million people suffer from chronic hepatitis B and around 10.5 million suffer from persistent hepatitis C. Every year, the region is afflicted with around half a million fresh instances of viral hepatitis that’s about 1 new infection per minute.

Nine nations in this region have reached more than 90 percent cover for the 3rd dose of the hepatitis B vaccine. Eight countries are now offering the initial dose of hepatitis B vaccination. As of now, four countries have managed to control the spread of hepatitis B by vaccination. However, the testing or treatment of hepatitis B and C aren’t sufficient, and only a tiny percentage of those who are eligible are treated.

How Hepatitis Spreads:

Hepatitis A can be spread through water or food that is contaminated that contains the virus-infected stool of the person. It is called the fecal-oral path. It can also be transmitted via sexual contact.

Hepatitis B can be spread through a variety of methods This includes:

Sexually Intercourse with a person who is infected.

Sharing needles that are contaminated.

The fact that anyone in direct vicinity of an infected person’s blood infected can catch Hepatitis.

Using the needle used by an infected person can also led to the spreading of Hepatitis.

Transmission occurs from an infected pregnant woman to her fetus.

Contact with an affected bodily fluid of a person.

Be aware that it is vital to be aware of Hepatitis and to take preventive measures to ensure your safety and that of other people. Regularly testing, vaccinations, and implementing healthy methods can be a huge help in the prevention and control of the spread of. Keep yourself healthy and help spread the word on World Hepatitis Day!

For More Information – You can visit – world Health Organisation Page – https://www.who.int/health-topics/hepatitis#tab=tab_1

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