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    HEPATITIS B and C CAMP | 23-Jan-10


    HEPATITIS B & C; A SILENT KILLER
    Hepatitis is the condition which implies inflammation of the liver characterized by the presence of inflammatory cells in the tissue of the organ. The condition can be self-limiting (healing on its own) or can progress to and Liver failure, liver cancer and ultimately leading to death..Hepatitis may occur with limited or asymptoms for many years or may present jaundice, poor appetite and malaise. Hepatitis is acute when it lasts less than six months and chronic when it persists longer.


    There are different types of Hepatitis e.g A, B, C, D and E. The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is very common worldwide, with more than 350 million people infected. 3-4 % of Pakistani population is infected with this virus. Those with long term HBV are at high risk of developing liver cirrhosis or liver cancer. Hepatitis B is most frequently passed on through the exchange of bodily fluids with an infected person. HBV is estimated to be 50 to 100 times more infectious than HIV. It can spread by sharing contaminated needles or other drug-injecting equipment, by using non-sterilised equipment for tattooing, acupuncture or body piercing, from an infected mother to her baby, most commonly during delivery, through a blood transfusion in a country where blood is not screened for blood-borne viruses such as HBV by unprotected sex etc. Hepatitis B cannot be spread through sneezing, coughing, hugging or coming in contact with the faeces of someone who is infected. Sign and symptoms may includes short, mild, flu-like illness. , nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, loss of appetite, weight loss, jaundice (yellow skin and whites of eyes, darker yellow urine and pale faeces), itchy skin.


    Most adults infected with the hepatitis B virus fully recover if they are treated with interferon injections and the tablets available for its treatment and develop life-long immunity. As prevention is the key, vaccination is also available Between 2% and 10% of individuals infected as adults will become chronic carriers, which means they will be infectious to others and can develop chronic liver damage. Infected children, especially newborn babies, are much more likely to become chronic carriers. If a person lives with hepatitis B infection for a number of years then they may develop complications such as chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer.


    In around 5% of adults, 30-50% of young children (aged 1-4), and 90% of infants, HBV infection will become chronic. The virus is more deadly to the young and those that are infected at birth have a 25% chance of developing a life-threatening liver-related illness.


    Another serious Hepatitis is Hepatitis C, which causes inflammation of the liver. The hepatitis C virus is transferred primarily through blood, and is more persistent than hepatitis A or B. Worldwide, estimates suggest 170 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C, and 5-6 % Pakistani population is affected by this virus.,with 3 to 4 million people newly infected each year. High-risk groups are the same in many societies and cultures. They include injecting drug users, people who receive transfusions of unscreened blood, dialysis patients.The hepatitis C virus (HCV) can be spread by sharing drug-injecting equipment (needles, heating spoons, etc). This is the primary transmission route for HCV and HIV., by using non-sterilised equipment for tattooing, acupuncture or body piercing. This disease is rarely transferred, from an infected mother to her baby during childbirth. The risk may be greater if the mother is also infected with HIV. Hepatitis C cannot be passed on by hugging, sneezing, coughing, sharing food or water, sharing cutlery, or casual contact. Symptoms may include, short, mild, flu-like illness, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, weight loss,jaundice (yellow skin and whites of eyes, darker yellow urine and pale faeces), itchy skin. About 20% of individuals who become infected with HCV will clear the virus from their body within 6 months, though this does not mean they are immune from future infection with HCV. The other 80% of people will develop chronic hepatitis C infection, during which the virus may cause mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. These people will however carry the hepatitis C virus for the rest of their lives and will remain infectious to others. If a person lives with hepatitis C infection for a number of years then they may develop complications such as chronic hepatitis, liver cirrhosis, liver cancer. Screening of potential patients who are at high risk of acquiring this disease is very important so that treatment can be initiated at an early stage.


    To diagnose early and increase awareness of these silent killer diseases, Department of Gastroenterology, Liaquat National Hospital & Medical College organized a Free Blood Testing Camp for Hepatitis ‘B’ & ‘C’ on March 23, 2010 for patients and their families for early detection of these viruses .The camp was well attended by people from different disciplines of life.


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