July 28th- World Hepatitis Day

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• Dimensions of Dental Hygiene
Today is World Hepatitis Day, which is recognized annually on July 28 in honor of the birthday of Dr. Baruch Blumberg, the Nobel Laureate who discovered the hepatitis B virus and hepatitis B vaccine. World Hepatitis Day was established to create awareness of this virus, which is often called the “silent,” “secret” or “hidden” epidemic, due to the fact many people infected by hepatitis remain symptom-free for many years. Despite great strides to eradicate other viruses and diseases, hepatitis remains a global threat. In fact, it is estimated that approximately 240 million people live with chronic hepatitis B and 150 million people live with chronic hepatitis C. Hepatitis B and C, as well as hepatitis A, D, and E, cause inflammation of the liver. Left untreated, chronic infection can result in cirrhosis and liver cancer. World Hepatitis Day creates a unique opportunity to highlight the need to improved screening and prevention of the disease, increased vaccine coverage and accessibility, and a unified global response.
~Peggy, RDH