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World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day

The World Hepatitis Day is observed to increase the awareness and understanding of hepatitis B, hepatitis C and the diseases that they cause. This year, the world hepatitis day falls on July 28th. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These are of great concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

According to the WHO, types B and C lead a major global health risk with around 350 million people being chronically infected with hepatitis B and around 170 million people being chronically infected with hepatitis C.