July 28th is World Hepatitis Awareness Day in Morris County
World Hepatitis Alliance Pledges to “Harness the Power of People Living with Viral Hepatitis to Achieve its Elimination"
What’s Next for the Fight Against Hepatitis in Morris County?
We have 13 years to hit our ultimate goal. In 13 years we plan to make viral hepatitis a thing of the past. So where do we start? With over 260 members working on the ground in 86 countries, we start by uniting on a renewed mission to: “Harness the power of people living with viral hepatitis to achieve its elimination” From prevention and diagnosis through treatment and care, people living with viral hepatitis need to be recognized for the unique contribution they can make the power of people standout and harness the changes the community needs to make elimination a reality. Of the 325 million people currently living with either viral hepatitis B or C, upwards of 290 million are unaware they have the disease. Without finding those “Missing Millions” that are yet to be diagnosed and linking them to care, all other efforts will only have marginal success. Our first step is to find them.
The Fastest and best prevention for local Morris County Health Care Workers, Seniors and Children against Hepatitis is to always wash your hands.
Here’s How: The six steps to follow for proper hand washing
- Wet hands with warm water.
- Use enough soap to produce lather.
- Rub hands together for 15-20 seconds.
- Wash hands thoroughly under running water to remove the soap.
- Pat hands dry with paper towels.
- Use towel to turn off the tap.
“Alongside these methods, BrightStar Care of Morris is promote the WHA in its efforts to launch the “Find the Missing Millions” (FMM) global campaign with the objective to raise awareness, influence national testing policies and encourage people to get screened and/or become advocates in the journey to find the undiagnosed.” Source: http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/sites/default/files/whd-resources/wha_strategic_plan_2018-2020_final.pdf
As A Last Defense Always Report Hepatitis A to the Local Health Department!
Report Confirmed or Suspect Cases Immediately to the Local Health Department.
Hepatitis A is a disease of the liver caused by a virus. Anyone can get hepatitis A. Some people at high-risk include men who have sex with men, people who travel to countries where hepatitis A is common, and people who use street drugs (injected or non-injected). Hepatitis A is found in the stool of infected people. People become infected with hepatitis A by swallowing the virus. This can happen when infected people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom and then touch food that is eaten by someone else. Symptoms may include fever, feeling tired, poor appetite, dark yellow urine, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, yellow skin or eyes. There is no specific medication to treat hepatitis A and most people recover on their own. Hepatitis A can be prevented with a vaccine.
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