July 28 is World Hepatitis Day, a day to recognize and confront the global burden of hepatitis. 500 million people around the world are currently infected with chronic hepatitis B or C and one in three people have been exposed to one or both viruses. Together, these viruses kill approximately one million people a year.
World Hepatitis Day is one of only four official disease-specific days recognized by the World Health Organization. Hepatitis is a disease marked by inflammation of the liver and can have a wide range of causes; one of the most common causes of chronic (long-term) hepatitis is viral infection. One such virus, hepatitis B, can be prevented through vaccination. In this creative video, three unwise monkeys tell us why we should know and confront hepatitis.
Explore the science of infectious disease and trace the emergence and spread of global public health challenges in the Koshland Science Museum’s online exhibit Infectious Disease: Evolving Challenges to Human Health.
Learn about prevention and control of this disease in the Institute of Medicine book Hepatitis and Liver Cancer: A National Strategy for Prevention and Control of Hepatitis B and C.
World Hepatitis Day