“Viral hepatitis is the silent enemy”
July 28 is remembered every year world hepatitis dayan item consisting of World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of the global scourge of viral hepatitis and to facilitate agreement on a global strategy for the health sector.
To that end, this portal reached out to infection scientist Dr. Sandra Capello to discuss the topic and answer some of my concerns.
On FM 89.7’s radio show “Conectados,” he explained, “Viral hepatitis is what we call the silent enemy because hepatitis A is the most common since the introduction of vaccination in children, starting at twelve months In the beginning, the incidence rate dropped a lot.”
“In the case of hepatitis B, there is a vaccine to prevent it, we are still tracking hepatitis cases, and by the time they become clinically manifest, the disease is already very severe,” he added.
In this sense, Sandra said, World Hepatitis Day aims to remember the importance of testing and understanding everyone’s condition, whether they have hepatitis or not, because there are effective treatments.
Regarding prevention, he said that A and B can be prevented through vaccines. “Today, there is no hepatitis C vaccine on the mandatory schedule (…).”
What are the differences?
“Clinical symptoms caused by the hepatitis A virus may go unnoticed, or cause acute hepatitis, which is self-limiting. It does not become chronic, but may flare up and cause death in some cases”.
The hepatitis A virus is spread through ingestion of contaminated food or drink, while hepatitis B is mainly spread through contact with the blood or sperm of other virus carriers.
“Some people go completely unnoticed. It doesn’t realize it, and then it kicks off like any virus. In other words: general malaise, body aches, which can be accompanied by fever, gut pictures, the person can have flu-like symptoms.” picture”.
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