The first such day was held in 2008 at the initiative of the International Alliance against hepatitis. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) has made this date in your calendar, so the World Hepatitis Day (World Hepatitis Day) received official status and is celebrated annually on July 28.
On this day, the WHO recommends that physicians around the world to conduct awareness campaigns, telling people about viral hepatitis and the diseases to which it leads. Of equal importance are prevention activities: conducting diagnosis, vaccination against hepatitis B, and so on.
Hepatitis viruses are considered one of the major risk factors for human health. According to the WHO, hepatitis struck about 2 billion people in the world, that is, every third person on the planet. In some countries, had been ill with hepatitis A large part of the population, and the tenth part of the population are carriers of hepatitis B and C.
called hepatitis inflammation of the liver tissue. Distinguish viral hepatitis — it is a virus that can replicate in liver cells. Hepatitis caused by different viruses are transmitted in different ways, but they can cause acute and chronic inflammation of the liver, which sometimes leads to liver cirrhosis and cancer.
Protect yourself against hepatitis B in two ways. First, you can try to avoid infection: hygiene (it is important to protect against viruses A and E), be careful when blood transfusions and sexual contact (this will help protect against viruses B and C). Second, you can get vaccinated. Typically, the vaccine protects a person from being infected by viruses A and B.
Both of these ways to protect themselves in the spotlight on World Hepatitis Day. People talk about the importance of preventive measures, the supply of information materials, warn against risky behavior.