July 28th is World Hepatitis Day for 2015. The holiday is on July 28th to recognize the birthday of the Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg who discovered hepatitis. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) aims to raise awareness about hepatitis and the understanding of the disease. Hepatitis is considered to be a global health threat.
Hepatitis is a disease that causes inflammation of the liver. There are three different types of hepatitis, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and C result in a lifelong chronic infection. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 400 million people worldwide that have hepatitis and most do not even know that they have it. More than 1 million people die each year from the disease.
There are vaccines for hepatitis A and B, but not for C. In the United States it is common for people to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B when they are young. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity for the vaccine, but many people do not.
For more information about hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day 2015 visit: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/WorldHepDay.htm
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