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Students, Staff of Punjab University Mark World Hepatitis Day With Walkathon

by Julia Samuel on  July 29, 2015 at 9:47 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Punjab University observed 'World Hepatitis Day' with a talk on the subject at its BGI Institute of Health. R Khullar, delivering the talk, laid special emphasis on the preventive aspects of hepatitis.
Students, Staff of Punjab University Mark World Hepatitis Day With Walkathon
Students, Staff of Punjab University Mark World Hepatitis Day With Walkathon
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A walkathon was also organized where participants spread the message of hepatitis prevention.

Dr Khullar said there are about 400 million people living with hepatitis B and C in the world and 1.4 million die due to these infections every year. "Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E. Hepatitis A and E are transmitted through contaminated food and water. Hepatitis B is transmitted through unsafe blood and body fluids, and Hepatitis-C mostly through unsafe blood," he said.

"All these viruses cause acute hepatitis- causing symptoms of fatigue, loss of appetite, fever, yellowness of eyes and urine etc. Most of the people fully recover. A small number can die from acute hepatitis," he added.

Dr Khullar further said that Hepatitis B and C can become chronic and lead to liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. "Hepatitis infections can be prevented by providing safe drinking water and food (hepatitis A and E) and vaccines (hepatitis A and B) screening of blood and sterile injection techniques. Hepatitis B and C can be sexually transmitted and to the newborn child through mother," he further added.

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