WHO Emphasises Need For Increase In Hepatitis Testing, Treatment

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Urgent increase in hepatitis testing and treatment needed

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Hepatitis B and C are transmitted by infected blood or blood products, non-disposable needles and syringes, reused inadequately sterilised catheters and equipment, tattooing, ear-piercing, sharing of blades and razors etc.

Viral hepatitis B and C affect 325 million people around the world.

Around 200,000 people in the United Kingdom are thought to be living with chronic HCV, yet challenges in awareness remain a barrier to timely diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitis B also spreads through unsafe sexual acts.

NY is creating a task force to advise a new effort to eliminate hepatitis C. However, this can be changed and the start is spreading awareness about this deadly infection. HBV and HCV infections account for more than 90% of those deaths. These advances have now made hepatitis C a curable infection in most instances. Prevention of hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission from infected mothers to their new-borns is critical to HBV control and eventual eradication.

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In addition, maintaining hygeine, avoiding roadside food and beverage, being carefull in salons and tatoo parlours for avoiding infections, washing hands can help protect us from hepatitis, the experts suggested.

Acute Hepatitis B usually does not require medical treatment. A vaccine can be given to those who are at increased risk of HBV infection such as healthcare workers. All parents should take their children for their routine vaccination free of charge at any City Health facility. This strategy has led to 20 fold reduction in Hepatitis B in certain countries like China.

Finally, India is witnessing a reduction in prevalence rates of Hepatitis B. The rates for Hepatitis C are still high, though largely due to increase in IVDU in northern and eastern states.

Information about World Hepatitis Day is usually distributed via social media, newspapers, posters, and through the World Health Organization (WHO) website.

Over 10% of Mongolia's 3 million people are living with chronic hepatitis infection.

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Further, Hepatitis E Virus was found most common (24 per cent) laboratory diagnosed viral hepatitis in India, was followed by Hepatitis A Virus (11 per cent), the report noted.

The World Hepatitis Alliance first launched World Hepatitis Day in 2008.

This year was not an exception too and thus today the whole world came together and celebrated hepatitis day with the theme being "Eliminate Hepatitis". Of these, almost 25%, i.e. over 1 million, may develop chronic liver disease within 2 decades and 1%-4% of them may develop liver cancer. Join us on World Hepatitis Day to make it happen.

Chronic hepatitis can bring on cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer after many years.

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