28 July: World Hepatitis Day

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The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 around the globe to spread awareness about viral hepatitis. WHO has accepted that viral hepatitis as a serious public health problem in India stated the report.

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  • As we observe World Hepatitis Day on 28 July, take this alarming fact: There are over 52 million Indians infected with viral hepatitis in the country, reported The Times of India.

About World Hepatitis Day

  • Since 2010, the hepatitis day is one of the 8 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO).
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  • WHO had passed a resolution for observance of this day on viral hepatitis in May 2010 had passed, providing official endorsement to it.
  • The date 28 July was chosen to mark the birth anniversary of Professor Baruch Blumberg who had discovered hepatitis B virus.
  • He was got a lot of awards and Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1976) for this discovery.

Meaning of Hepatitis

  • Hepatitis name has derived from Greek word ‘Hepar’ meaning liver and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation.
  • Hence, Hepatitis is a medical condition in which inflammation occurs in liver cells and its complications vary with the type of infection It is mostly caused by a group of viruses called hepatitis viruses.
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  • Five types of hepatitis viz. such as A, B, C, D and E. Each type is caused by a different hepatitis virus.
  • It can also be caused by intoxicants like drugs, alcohol, chemicals and other infections and autoimmune diseases.

- Published/Last Modified on: August 1, 2016