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Pay more attention to the ABC disease

Once while on assignment in one of the northern districts, I felt an insurmountable urge to use a restroom. The locals were kind enough to point me in the direction of a hut. I rolled up my trousers’ hems and … Continue reading

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WHO issues its first hepatitis C treatment guidelines

WHO has issued its first guidance for the treatment of hepatitis C, a chronic infection that affects an estimated 130 million to 150 million people and results in 350 000 to 500 000 deaths a year. The publication of the … Continue reading

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Hepatitis C: Transmission, Symptoms and Diagnosis

Hepatitis C is found worldwide with some countries having chronic infection rates as high as 5% and above.. The main mode of transmission in these countries is attributed to unsafe injections using contaminated equipment. Transmission The hepatitis C virus is … Continue reading

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Hepatitis B Vaccines – All You Need To Know

Hepatitis B vaccine: Why get vaccinated? Hepatitis B vaccine can prevent hepatitis B, and the serious consequences of hepatitis B infection, including liver cancer and cirrhosis. Hepatitis B vaccine may be given by itself or in the same shot with … Continue reading

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Getting tested for Hepatitis C

Early diagnosis can prevent health problems that may result from infection and prevent transmission to family members and other close contacts. Some countries recommend screening for people who may be at risk for infection. These include: people who have received … Continue reading

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Prevention of Hepatitis C

  Primary prevention There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. The risk of infection can be reduced by avoiding: unnecessary and unsafe injections; unsafe blood products; unsafe sharps waste collection and disposal; use of illicit drugs and sharing of injection … Continue reading

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Key Facts: Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus. The disease can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong condition that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or … Continue reading

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