World Hepatitis Day, July 28
Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E – affects millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. Hepatitis remains largely ignored or unknown. In April this year, WHO issued new recommendations on treatment of hepatitis C. In May, World Health Assembly delegates from 194 Member States adopted a resolution to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of viral hepatitis. On World Hepatitis Day, 28 July 2014, CDC, WHO, and partners urge policy-makers, health workers and the public to "think again" about this silent killer.
Strong public health institutions and networks are needed to address evolving challenges.
These deaths are substantial and could be prevented by commercial vaccine
Cases provide a stimulus to alert reception countries to a possible problem.
Routine typing of virus from serum from reported patients is useful for detection of foodborne outbreaks.
Cross-species transmission indicates that this virus may also infect humans.
Clinicians should consider this virus in the differential diagnosis of hepatitis, regardless of patient travel history.
Rodents infected with this virus may be a serious threat to public health.
The host range of HEV in Europe is expanding, and zoonotic transmission of HEV from rabbits is possible.
Processing does not substantially abate endogenous virus.
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