Tomorrow is World Hepatitis Day. Observed on July 28 every year, it aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nearly 400 million people have chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected. More than 1 million people die each year from causes related to viral hepatitis, commonly cirrhosis and liver cancer.
The date of July 28th was chosen for World Hepatitis Day in honor of the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus.
Know the Risks
Unsafe blood, unsafe injections, and sharing drug-injection equipment can all result in hepatitis infection. 2 million people a year contract hepatitis from unsafe injections. Using sterile, single-use syringes can prevent these infections. For more information, go to: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/worldhepday.htm
If you have been diagnosed with hepatitis or would like to know if you’ve been exposed to the virus, our staff of naturopathic physicians at Rejuvena are available to discuss various options with you.