World Hepatitis Day 2021

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By: Rajat Shaw

Last Update: 2021-07-28 10:46:55 IST

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Every year on July 28, World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, a liver inflammation that can lead to serious liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma.

World Hepatitis Day 2021

Every year on July 28, World Hepatitis Day (WHD) is observed to raise awareness of viral hepatitis, a liver inflammation that can lead to serious liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma. This day serves as a reminder of the necessity of knowing one’s hepatitis status and disseminating information about hepatitis treatment.

The hepatitis virus is divided into five strains: A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis B and C together are the leading causes of death, claiming the lives of 1.3 million people each year. To honor Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr. Baruch Blumberg, this day is observed on his birthday, July 28. He was the first to discover the Hepatitis B virus (HBV). He also created a Hepatitis B viral diagnostic test and vaccination.

Intake of infected food and water is the most common cause of hepatitis A and E. Hepatitis B, C, and D are most commonly contracted through coming into touch with contaminated blood or bodily fluids.

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