World Hepatitis Day History
World Hepatitis Day seeks to raise awareness for the spectrum of Hepatitis diseases. Hepatitis diseases cause inflammation of the liver cells. There are five main types of hepatitis, A, B, C, D and E. It is estimated that around 250 million people worldwide are infected with Hepatits C and 300 million people are Hepatitis B carriers.
World Hepatitis Day was proclaimed by the World Health Organization. It is celebrated annually on July 28th.
World Hepatitis Day Facts
- The 2016 Theme for World Hepatitis Day was Elimination.
- Hepatitis A is usually transmitted by consuming contaminated food or water or coming into contact with an infected person's feces.
- Hepatitis B is a sexually transmitted disease. It is transmitted through exposure to infected blood or body fluids.
- Hepatitis B is spread via blood of an infected person.
- Hepatitis can also be caused by alcohol and other toxins and infections.
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