Hepatitis - How can it be prevented

On the occasion of World Hepatitis Day 2015 the World Health Organization is reminding people that due to advances in research science and technology, viral hepatitis is preventable and can be treated. This animated cartoon highlights some common modes of transmission of viral hepatitis and advocates for preventive measures.

Hepatitis A symptoms take about 2-3 weeks to show up and almost never fatal. The major way of transmission is through contaminated food and water. There is a Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis B symptoms take an average of 2.5 months to show up. It is spread through infected blood, sexual contacts or needles. If left untreated Hepatitis B can cause liver cancer and serious damage. There is a Hepatitis B Vaccine. 90% of the people infected usually recover within six months.

Hepatitis C symptoms take an average of 2-6 months to show up and 80% of cases don't have symptoms at all. Hepatitis C is spread primarly through coming into contact with infected blood, transfusion, sharing needles and being born to a Hepatitis C mother. Most patients infected with HCV remain chronically infected, with an increased risk of cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. A combination of antiviral medicines is the main treatment for hepatitis C.

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