JULY 28, 2015
On World Hepatitis Day, July 28, 2015, World Health Organization (WHO) and partners will urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to act now to prevent infection and death from hepatitis.
Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.5 million people every year, mostly from hepatitis B and C. These infections can be prevented, but most people don’t know how. World Hepatitis Day is one of only four disease awareness days that is recognized by WHO and is coordinated by both WHO and the World Hepatitis Alliance. The date of July 28th was chosen for World Hepatitis Day in honor of the birthday of Nobel Laureate Professor Baruch Samuel Blumberg, discoverer of the hepatitis B virus and developer of the first hepatitis B vaccine.
Did you know? 400 million people are infected with hepatitis worldwide and every day 4,000 people will die from viral hepatitis.