WHO Urges Action over Growing Hepatitis Epidemic
Friday 1438/7/24 - 2017/04/21
London, Rajab 24, 1438, April 21, 2017, SPA -- The number of people dying from hepatitis is rising, and most of the 325 million infected are unaware they have the virus and lack access to potentially life-saving medicines, the World Health Organization said on Friday.
In its first global report on the infection, the WHO said that with millions at risk of a slow progression to chronic liver disease, cancer and premature death, swift action on testing and treatment was needed.
"Viral hepatitis is now a major public health challenge that requires an urgent response, Reuters quoted the WHO's director general Margaret Chan as saying in a statement.
The 325 million cases reported are of hepatitis B (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) - the main types of the five different hepatitis infections and responsible for 96 percent of deaths from the disease.
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