World Hepatitis Day Camp 2013
Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. Dr Anant Madaan organised a patient education and public awareness programme on Hepatits A, Hepatitis B, Hepatits C, Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E regarding the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these diseases.
Globally, there are an estimated 1.4 million cases of hepatitis A every year. The hepatitis A virus is transmitted through ingestion of contaminated food and water, or through direct contact with an infectious person. Hepatitis A is associated with a lack of safe water and poor sanitation. Epidemics can be explosive in growth and cause significant economic losses. Improved sanitation and the hepatitis A vaccine are the most effective ways to combat the disease.
More than 240 million people have chronic (long-term) liver infections. About 600 000 people die every year due to the acute or chronic consequences of hepatitis B. A vaccine against hepatitis B has been available since 1982. Hepatitis B vaccine is 95% effective in preventing infection and its chronic consequences, and was the first vaccine against a major human cancer.
More than 600 patients were screened for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C on 28th July, 2013.
About 150 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, and more than 350 000 people die every year from hepatitis C-related liver diseases. Hepatitis C can be treated using antiviral medicines. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C; however, research in this area is ongoing.
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