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7 Things to Know about World Hepatitis Day


General Knowledge  •  28 Jul, 2023  •  1,124 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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World Hepatitis Day, celebrated every 28th of July, is not just another date on the health calendar. It embodies global efforts to combat one of the most severe health challenges our world faces today: viral hepatitis. This day is a confluence of awareness campaigns, policy changes, and community efforts, all striving for a world free from the clutches of the hepatitis virus.

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Whether you're someone affected by the disease, a health professional, or just a concerned global citizen, understanding the significance of World Hepatitis Day can empower you to make a difference. From its history to the various initiatives launched worldwide, here's a concise article detailing everything you need to know about World Hepatitis Day.

The Historical Roots: Why July 28th?

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The date for World Hepatitis Day was not randomly selected. It marks the birthday of Dr Baruch Blumberg, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist who discovered the hepatitis B virus. By recognizing this day, we also honour his invaluable contribution to medicine.

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Understanding the Enemy: The Many Faces of Hepatitis

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Hepatitis isn't just one disease; it's a group of five distinct viruses - A, B, C, D, and E. While hepatitis A and E are typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water, B, C, and D usually occur due to contact with infected bodily fluids. It's crucial to understand the different transmission routes to prevent and combat each type effectively.

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