Vaccinations or at least an early diagnosis are vital to effectively eliminate viral hepatitis – the disease is still a global public health threat. The annual World Hepatitis Day aims to raise awareness for the disease and its prevention.
The World Hepatitis Day on July 28 runs under the motto "Eliminate Hepatitis". Although there is a large number of vaccinations and treatments, there are still 257 million people living with Hepatitis B and 71 million with Hepatitis C worldwide.
The literal meaning of the word "hepatitis" is "liver inflammation". In most cases it is triggered by Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E viruses and transmitted by body fluids. There are also non-viral liver inflammations –toxic substances, alcohol abuse (alcoholic fatty liver), obesity (non-alcoholic fatty liver) are among the most common causes. These kinds of inflammations are not contagious.
An untreated liver inflammation can lead to liver cirrhosis or liver cancer in the worst case. This can have a fatal impact on the body’s equilibrium due to the liver’s essential detox function and its vital role in the immune system and metabolism.
Already in 2010, the WHO classified the disease as global public health issue. Since last year it aims to globally eradicate Hepatitis B and C until 2030 via the campaign NoHep.
For further information concerning this topic and an overview about the different kinds of hepatitis, please consult the official website of the World Hepatitis Day’s campaign 2017: http://www.welthepatitistag.info/news.html. More detailed information can also be found on social media under the hashtags #WeltHepatitisTag, #EliminateHepatitis and #NoHep.
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