World Hepatitis Day
World Hepatitis Day is observed across the world on 28 July 2013. The theme for the year 2013 is
"This is Hepatitis, Know it, Confront it."
The theme has been set with an aim of creating a global awareness about the Hepatitis virus and to encourage its prevention, treatment and diagnosis. Of the five types of viruses, B and C are considered to be dangerous.
Hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E can cause infection and inflammation of the liver. These infections may be acute or chronic. Individuals with chronic infections are likely to develop life- threatening diseases such as cirrhosis and liver cancer later on in life.
Viral hepatitis poses a major global health risk with approximately 240 million people being chronically infected with the hepatitis–B virus and approximately 150 million people being chronically infected with hepatitis C. Despite its prevalence, and the danger that it poses, the disease remains under- diagnosed and poorly- managed.
Proper diet can help prevent a condition associated with hepatitis, namely liver steatosis, or fatty liver disease. Healthy foods and supplements can also enhance your immune system.