Illinois Department of Public Health warns Hepatitis cases are increasing



The global health agency, while raising the alarm on the World Hepatitis Day, marked on Saturday, said that action was needed to find, test and treat millions of people unknowingly infected with viral hepatitis.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 71 million people have chronic Hepatitis C infection, making the disease a major public health concern worldwide.

The number of reported cases of hepatitis C, a viral condition that can infect the liver, increased over the past decade in IL, state health officials said Friday.

"Hepatitis A and E are usually transmitted via faecal-oral routes while B, C and D are via blood and body fluids and vaccination are available for Hepatitis A, B and E".

Hepatitis, it is important to know, is an inflammatory condition of the liver.

They made the call in separate messages on the eve of the World Hepatitis Day 2018 to be observed in the country tomorrow as elsewhere in the world aiming at enhancing awareness about the deadly virus.

Public Health England (PHE) is urging people to get free testing for hepatitis C virus (HCV) after new data shows a lack of awareness of the disease and the factors that can put people at risk of infection. Eventually the society is burdened with loss of productive workforce, and the health care system with expenses of treating liver failures, chronic liver diseases, and cancers. If there are fewer people out there with Hepatitis C, there will be fewer people exposed. And that worldwide, almost 300 million people live with viral Hepatitis unaware? The country aims to provide hepatitis B and C screening to 1.8 million people aged over 15 years. Prevention of hepatitis B virus (HBV) transmission from infected mothers to their new-borns is critical to HBV control and eventual eradication. Hepatitis C is unsafe because it often does not show symptoms.

"Each medication is different, but they remove all traces of the virus from your blood within three months", says Curry. The health impact of Hepatitis B and C is at least 10 times that of HIV while awareness and funding about them are lagging far behind that of AIDS. 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.

With deaths from opioids tripling in the county over the last five years, state officials said it's no surprise that hepatitis C is on the rise as well. "The treatments are highly effective and in most cases, are accomplished in 8-12 weeks".

However, despite these incredible milestones against several devastating diseases, we are seeing an alarming increase in deaths due to viral hepatitis.

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