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World Hepatitis Day: What is it all about?

Jul 28, 2016
World Hepatitis Day: What is it all about?

World Hepatitis Day, which is recognised on the 28th of July every year, was created by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a way to raise global awareness about this disease.

Hepatitis is a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, and today, the 28th of July, hopes to encourage prevention, let people know about diagnosis as well as about the treatment process.

Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E affect millions of people all over the world, and causes severe liver disease, killing close to 1.4 million people every year.

With this year’s theme being “Prevent Hepatitis: It's up to you”, the WHO has said that people all around the world need to “inform themselves about the infection, take positive action to know their status by getting tested, and finally seek treatment to reduce needless deaths from this preventable and treatable infection.”

Wanting to find out more about World Hepatitis Day? Then visit http://www.who.int/campaigns/hepatitis-day/2016/event/en/