Presentation on theme: "World Hepatitis Day July 28 th Annual global event to raise awareness of viral hepatitis."— Presentation transcript:
World Hepatitis Day July 28 th Annual global event to raise awareness of viral hepatitis
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
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
What is Hepatitis? Disease caused by viruses that attack the liver There are 5 different types of hepatitis: Hepatitis ABCDE
Hepatitis can lead to… Liver damage (cirrhosis) Liver cancer The need for a liver transplant
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
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
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.
Are there Treatments? Hepatitis B Hepatitis C Treatments are available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.
Learn More… Contact us at: World Hepatitis Day (Canada) www.whdcanada.org