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1 World Hepatitis Day July 28 th Annual global event to raise awareness of viral hepatitis

2 History of World Hepatitis Day 2010 – World Health Organization passes a resolution to make July 28 th World Hepatitis Day Canada supports World Health Organization in the implementation of events across Canada

3 In Canada… About 1 in 5 people infected with hepatitis C do not know they are infected and remain undiagnosed An estimated 550,000 people have viral hepatitis B or C, with many unaware of their status

4 What is Hepatitis? Disease caused by viruses that attack the liver There are 5 different types of hepatitis: Hepatitis ABCDE

5 Hepatitis can lead to… Liver damage (cirrhosis) Liver cancer The need for a liver transplant

6 What are the Symptoms? Viral hepatitis’ symptoms may not be obvious until serious liver damage has occurred Most common symptoms yellowing of the skin & eyes dark urine nausea & vomiting abdominal pain fatigue

7 How Do You Get Hepatitis? Transmission Sharing drug using equipment Exposure to bodily fluids of an infected person (e.g. sexual intercourse, mother to child) Sharing personal hygiene items Using non- sterile equipment for tattoos & body piercing During medical procedures where infection control precautions are not observed

8 Are there Vaccines? Hepatitis A & B Hepatitis C Hepatitis A & B can be prevented by a vaccine. There is NO licensed vaccine for hepatitis C.

9 Are there Treatments? Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Treatments are available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.

10 Learn More… Contact us at: World Hepatitis Day (Canada) www.whdcanada.org


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