Worldwide, viral hepatitis is among the top 10 infectious disease killers, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). Nearly 1.4 million deaths occur each year around the globe primarily from cirrhosis or liver cancer caused by hepatitis B and hepatitis C, which count for approximately 80% of the world’s liver cancer.
Many who are chronically infected are unaware of their infection and can live with chronic viral hepatitis for decades before having symptoms or feeling sick.
The World Health Assembly designated July 28th each year as World Hepatitis Day to bring awareness to this disease. The theme for this year’s global campaign is Elimination, with a goal to eliminate hepatitis as a public health threat by 2030.
To help raise awareness of this hidden epidemic and strengthen efforts in prevention, screening and control of viral hepatitis, OptiMed Specialty Pharmacy will feature a series of articles the week of July 25 about hepatitis C to promote World Hepatitis Day on July 28th. We invite you to stop by our site each day this week to learn more about the disease.
For more information or to schedule a screening for Hepatitis C, talk to your healthcare professional or visit www.cdc.gov/knowmorehepatitis.
Source: Centers for Disease Control & Prevention