World Hepatitis Day

July 28 is recognized as World Hepatitis Day to honour the birthday of Nobel Laureate Baruch Samuel Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus and even created a diagnostic test and vaccination for it.

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. There are five main hepatitis viruses, referred to as types A, B, C, D and E. These five types are of greatest concern because of the burden of illness and death they cause and the potential for outbreaks and epidemic spread.

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