World Hepatitis Day, which falls on July 28, is an initiative that was started by the World Health Organization and has since been commemorated every year as part of their effort to raise awareness regarding the disease. This year, World Hepatitis Day is themed “Eliminate Hepatitis” urging people to start acting toward the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, eradicating hepatitis for good.
In light of that initiative, here is a look at some of the facts about the five variants of hepatitis (A,B,C,D,E) that you probably did not know:
1) About 325 million people worldwide are living with chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV), the Strait Times reported. The same disease resulted in the death of 887,000 people globally in 2015.
Hepatitis B gravely affects the Asia Pacific, killing a person every 30 seconds, according to the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP).
2) Different kinds of the hepatitis virus get transmitted in different ways. One runs the risk of get affected by hepatitis A by consuming food or water contaminated by feces from a person infected by the same disease. Hepatitis B, on the other hand, may be transmitted by infectious body fluids, such as blood, vaginal secretions, or semen.
Apart from the ways in which the variant B is transmitted, one can also get infected by hepatitis C by injection drug use. Hepatitis D spreads by direct contact with contaminated blood and waterborne hepatitis E virus spreads through contaminated drinking water, Healthline reported.
3) According to Stellenbosch University virologists, they have reasons to believe that hepatitis E will prove to be as deadly as hepatitis A or B in the near future. Although the particular variant of…