World Hepatitis Day: July 28, 2011

July 27, 2011

The first official World Hepatitis Day established by the World Health Organization (WHO) occurs on July 28, for sale 2011.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has joined with “WHO in calling for a renewed commitment against a largely silent but persistent epidemic.” The CDC states the following in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR):

Worldwide, doctor nearly 500 million persons are living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections, cheap and these infections cause approximately 1 million deaths annually (1); most persons with chronic viral hepatitis are unaware of their infections. Effective tools are available to prevent infection with viral hepatitis, including hepatitis B vaccination, surveillance, education, screening, and treatment; the challenge is to build the capacity to extend these interventions globally. In 2010, the World Health Assembly passed a resolution urging greater control of viral hepatitis (2).

 In Europe, HCV infection outbreaks and rising incidence have been observed among men who have sex with men (MSM) with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. This issue of MMWR includes a report on sexual transmission of HCV among HIV-infected MSM in New York City. The findings emphasize the importance of HCV screening among these men, which allows for preventive care and treatment.

An observance of World Hepatitis Day will occur on July 28 at a White House event.  The event will available through a webcast at


Centers for Disease Control and Infection.  World Hepatitis Day — July 28, 2011.  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 60(28):945 (July 22, 2011).

World Health Organization, Sixty-Third World Health Assembly. Viral Hepatitis.  Agenda item 11.12, WHA63.18 (May 21, 2010). Accessed on July 27, 2011. (establishment of World Hepatitis Day).

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