hepatitis

Today, July 28th, 2015 is World Hepatitis Day. Every year 1.4 million people die from viral hepatitis and yet all of these deaths could be prevented with better awareness and understanding. There are five hepatitis viruses, A, B, C, D and E, though most people are only familiar with the first three. Hepatitis A is spread mainly through eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by the feces of an infected person. It can clear itself up naturally after a few weeks and there is a vaccination that can prevent infection. Hepatitis B is transmitted through contact with the blood or other body fluids of an infected person. It can be passed on from mother to child during childbirth. There is a vaccination that can prevent infection.