The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County Recognizes World Hepatitis Day – July 28

MIAMI – The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognizes World Hepatitis Day. This day allows us the opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis and the disease that it causes.

world hepatitis day“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. The most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, B and C. All types of viral hepatitis can cause inflammation of the liver; however, hepatitis B and C infection can result in a lifelong, chronic infection.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 400 million people living with chronic viral hepatitis worldwide and most of them do not know they are infected.  More than 1 million die due to these infections every year and many more become newly infected.  Transmission of this virus can be prevented through better awareness and education.

“Any person, no matter their age, gender, race or ethnicity, can get the disease, said Lillian Rivera, RN, MSN, PhD, Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. You don’t have to have symptoms, so that is why it is very important to get screened to learn your status.”

In observance of World Hepatitis Day, the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County will be providing hepatitis vaccines, Rapid hepatitis C screening and education to Camillus House clients.



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