Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Hepatitis is a silent epidemic that kills two people per minute throughout the world

PAHO/WHO urges everyone to become better informed about hepatitis, to get screened for the disease and to seek treatment, if needed

Washington, D.C., 23 July 2013 (PAHO/WHO) - Viral hepatitis affects some 424 million people throughout the world, killing 1.4 million per year as a result of complications such as acute liver failure, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. The disease is sometimes called a "silent epidemic" because most people who are infected are unaware of their status.

The theme of this year's World Hepatitis Day, July 28, is "This is the hepatitis. Know It. Confront it." This year the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is marking the day by calling on everyone to become better informed about hepatitis, to get screened for the disease and to seek treatment, if needed.

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