World Hepatitis Day – July 28th

JESS3_WHO_WHD16_Final_English-v128th July is observed as World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness
about this silent killer.

ReCept Pharmacy is encouraging everyone to stay informed, so on this day, let’s gather information about the disease that affects millions every year.

Hepatitis is caused by inflammation of the liver tissue. The most surprising and dangerous fact about Hepatitis is that some of the people don’t even know that they have Hepatitis until too late. In some, the symptoms are not very prominent while others develop yellow coloration of skin and whites of the eyes, poor appetite, nausea, lethargy, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It can be acute or chronic depending on the time period it lasts for. The chronic form of hepatitis can lead to scarring of the liver, liver failure or liver cancer. Hepatitis C is the most common form of viral hepatitis. It is transmitted through contaminated blood transfusions, needles and in some patients the cause is unknown.

9 key facts about Hepatitis C your doctor wants you to know:
• Hepatitis C is caused by hepatitis C Virus. It can be both acute and chronic, ranging in severity from a mild illness to a lifelong one.
• Hepatitis C virus is a blood borne virus and mostly it is transmitted through infected blood transfusions. This may happen through injection or drug use, unsafe needle practices and transfusion of unscreened blood.
• Hepatitis C can be transmitted sexually and congenitally. However, the occurrence of Hepatitis C is uncommon in such cases.
• Breastfeeding, food and water doesn’t spread hepatitis C. Also, physical contacts like hugging, kissing and sharing food will not spread the virus.
• It is estimated by World Health Organization that 71 million people around the world have chronic hepatitis C infection.
• A majority of those with chronic infection will develop liver cirrhosis or liver cancer in life.
• Every year, approximately 399,000 people succumb to hepatitis C, mostly because of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.
• 95% of people with chronic hepatitis C can be cured using antiviral medicines and reduce the deaths by cirrhosis and liver cancer. But the access to diagnosis and treatment is very poor.
• Currently, there is no vaccine to shield people from hepatitis C, though the research in the field is ongoing.

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