Researchers emphasize need for baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C

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The programme was launched on World Hepatitis Day with an aim to combat viral hepatitis and reduce mortality and morbidity associated with it, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said.

There are mainly 5 types of Hepatitis: A, B C, D, E. These 5 types of viral diseases have become the greatest concern for mankind with B and C becoming the major health challenges affecting 325 million people globally.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is announcing Friday that the state Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force is the nation's first strategy to eliminate the viral infection being exacerbated by the ongoing opioid epidemic. "Region-wide, an estimated 40 million people live with chronic hepatitis B while an estimated 10 million live with chronic hepatitis C", she said. Hepatitis B is the most common form of serious liver infection in the world. Importantly, testing should be integrated with HIV, antenatal care and cancer screening and treatment services. World Hepatitis Day has generated massive public and media interest, as well as support from governments and Non-Governmental Organisations. The objective of the World Hepatitis Day is to send out a strong and strident message to people across the world, to create awareness and take action and join the massive movement to test and cure millions suffering from the viral. The condition can be self-limiting or can progress to fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. In most cases, hepatitis is caused by viruses.

According to World Health Organization, hepatitis B is a viral infection transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person, which attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease. Of these, almost 25%, i.e. over 1 million, may develop chronic liver disease within 2 decades and 1%-4% of them may develop liver cancer. To facilitate this, the government needs to have in place hepatitis screening facilities in all upazila hospitals and children also need to be immunised with Hepatitis B vaccine free.

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Fifty-nine-year-old Carol was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 2008 after attempting to donate blood.

Hepatitis B and C viruses are spread through contact with blood or bodily fluids of a person infected with the virus. It is spread through the blood of a person who already has hepatitis C. The number of confirmed cases of hepatitis C reported in Eau Claire County increased from 37 in 2016 to 39 in 2017. "When I found out I had hepatitis C, I was shocked".

For both Hepatitis B and C, treatment is most effective if initiated at an early stage.

During the day long proceedings, visitors were screened for hepatitis C, received hepatitis B vaccination and went through ultrasound of the abdomen to ascertain the possibility for any liver disease.

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