World Hepatitis Day

World Hepatitis Day 2022: Know about hepatitis C and digestive issues

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Every year on July 28, Hepatitis Awareness Day(World Hepatitis Day) attempts to increase public understanding of this viral disease, its effects, and strategies for halting its spread and life-threatening complications. The liver, the largest organ in the body, is responsible for transporting blood from the stomach to other body regions. It is the largest organ in the human body. Hepatitis is defined as an aggravation of the liver, which is often caused by infections with hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E, among other things.

Around 354 million individuals worldwide are thought to have hepatitis B and C, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

History

Every year on July 28, people all over the world celebrate World Hepatitis Day in the hopes of a future free of the illness and with a heavy emphasis on raising awareness of it. The Hepatitis B virus was identified by American physician Baruch Samuel Blumberg in 1967. World Hepatitis Day was established on July 28 to honour the Nobel Prize-winning scientist. The organisation was established in 2007, and the inaugural World Hepatitis Day was marked in 2008.

Symptoms of Hepatitis:

Hepatitis symptoms include weariness, lack of appetite, jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), pale faeces, dim urine, joint pain, nausea, fever, vomiting, and so on. These symptoms are also among the most well-known signs of the illness. However, outside these common signs and symptoms, there are certain instances when the negative effects don’t appear until liver damage has already occurred.

Alcoholism may damage and inflame the liver if it is consumed excessively. Around the world, hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people, leading to acute and chronic illnesses as well as 1.34 million annual fatalities. It not only damages the liver but also has the potential to be fatal. Hepatitis B is the most prevalent cause of cirrhosis and may potentially result in liver cancer in some areas (HCC).

It is hard to distinguish between viral infection and inflammation of the liver (commonly known as hepatitis) without a diagnostic test because all the symptoms are practically identical. The main cause of being undiagnosed is a lack of routine examinations and diagnostics.