Hepatitis C 83% more prevalent in north India

Around 400 million people all over the world suffer from chronic hepatitis.

The prevalence rate of hepatitis B (HBV) in Bangladesh is 5.1%, while that for hepatitis C (HCV) is 0.2%, said Hepatology Society President Prof Mobin Khan as quoted by BSS. Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C are also the major cause of liver cancer in India. Around 400 million people are infected with Hepatitis B virus in the world today.

All member states, including Bangladesh, are conducting different hepatitis awareness events on the occasion, the National Liver Foundation of Bangladesh said in a statement.

Now 325 million men, women and children across the world are living with viral hepatitis. "I can't think of when I could have contracted the hepatitis C virus, so it never occurred to me that I should ask for this test", says Carol.

The minister called upon health care workers to not only generate awareness amongst masses but also to work towards the goal of "Eliminating hepatitis".

Viral hepatitis accounts for 1.34-million deaths per year globally and with this free clinic, Positive living North hopes to help stop the spread of the virus.

It is estimated that there are 214,000 people living with hepatitis C in the United Kingdom, with approximately half of these not diagnosed. Regional immunisation programmes have prevented more than 37 million infections in children born over the past three decades - saving 7 million lives.

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Urgent increase in hepatitis testing and treatment needed

Who is at risk of a hepatitis C infection and why?

Singh said health authorities in the region should deploy clear messaging tactics regarding signs and symptoms of hepatitis so that people can get tested and seek treatment and also how its spread can be prevented.

Hepatitis, with five types of viruses namely A, B, C, D and E, refers to the inflammation of liver and can be self-limiting or progress, causing liver fibrosis (scarring), cirrhosis or liver cancer. Unless detected and treated, it can lead to disease, cirrhosis or liver cancer.

There are multiple groups who are at risk for Hepatitis C. It can spread through the skin and blood or it can spread through sexual contact.

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.

Major risk factors for the transmission of Hepatitis B and C infection includes therapeutic injections, syringe reuse, surgery, improper sterilization of invasive medical devices, blood transfusion, hospitalization and sharing of razors while getting the shave from barbers.

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