Presentation on theme: "World Hepatitis Day July 28th"— Presentation transcript:
1 World Hepatitis Day July 28th Annual global event to raise awareness of viralhepatitis
2 History of World Hepatitis Day 2010 – World Health Organization passes a resolution to make July 28th World Hepatitis DayCanada 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 undiagnosedAn estimated 550,000 people have viralhepatitis B or C, with many unaware oftheir status
4 What is Hepatitis? Hepatitis Disease caused by viruses that attack the liverThere are 5 different types of hepatitis:HepatitisABCDE
5 Hepatitis can lead to… Liver damage (cirrhosis) Liver cancer The need for a liver transplant
6 yellowing of the skin & eyes What are the Symptoms?Viral hepatitis’ symptoms may not be obvious until serious liver damage has occurredMost common symptomsyellowing of the skin & eyesdark urinenausea & vomitingabdominal painfatigue
7 How Do You Get Hepatitis? TransmissionSharing drug using equipmentExposure to bodily fluids of an infected person (e.g. sexual intercourse, mother to child)Sharing personal hygiene itemsUsing non-sterile equipment for tattoos & body piercingDuring medical procedures where infection control precautions are not observed
8 Hepatitis A & B can be prevented by a vaccine. Are there Vaccines?Hepatitis CHepatitis A & BHepatitis A & B can be prevented by a vaccine.There is NO licensed vaccine for hepatitis C.
9 Treatments are available for both chronic hepatitis B and C. Are there Treatments?Hepatitis CHepatitis BTreatments are available for both chronic hepatitis B and C.
10 Learn More… Contact us at: World Hepatitis Day (Canada)