The World Health Organization - WHO, in 2010, established July 28 as the World Day to Fight Viral Hepatitis. This date was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.
Low coverage of testing and treatment is the most important gap to be addressed in order to achieve the global elimination goals by 2030.
World Hepatitis Day, is an opportunity to step up national and international efforts on hepatitis, encourage actions and engagement by individuals, partners and the public and highlight the need for a greater global response as outlined in the WHO's Global hepatitis report of 2017.
Hepatitis and Symptoms
Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by viruses, transmitted most often by exposure to infected body fluids and / or secretions.
Five different viruses are recognized as etiologic agents of human viral hepatitis: HAV of hepatitis A, HBV of hepatitis B, HCV of hepatitis C, HDV of hepatitis D or Delta and HEV of hepatitis E. HBV has a DNA genome; the rest, RNA.
Hepatitis can be caused by the use of some medications, alcohol and drugs and even autoimmune, metabolic or genetic diseases.
Its symptoms can be tiredness, fever, malaise, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, yellowish skin and eyes, dark urine and light stools. However, there may be asymptomatic patients, especially when the patients are children.
Fighting the Virus
The hepatitis virus is quite resistant. There are studies showing that the Hepatitis C virus can survive in the environment on a dry surface for sixteen hours and in cold water for up to five months. An efficient means of fighting its contagion and killing it is sterilization by autoclaves.
Scientific work with Class B Pre-Vacuum Autoclave, of the Woson brand, carried out by the professor, researcher and dental surgeon, Dr. Sérgio Narciso Marques de Lima, following the standard operating procedures of Anvisa (Brazilian Sanitary Agency), demonstrated the efficiency of the equipment to fight viruses and infections that they can be transmissible in medical and dental work, including hepatitis. To read the full study, click here.
The Ministry of Health also reports that, in the case of hepatitis B and C, there must be an interval of sixty days after exposure to the virus for the antibodies to be detected in the blood test. Hepatitis B and C are responsible for the second leading cause of death among infectious diseases. They affect more than three hundred million people worldwide and cause more than one million deaths each year. They infect nine times more people than the human immunodeficiency virus - HIV. Tuberculosis alone kills more than hepatitis B and C!
It is important to detect viral hepatitis to fight it. It is necessary to pay attention if there was exposure to precarious conditions of basic sanitation, water, personal hygiene, if there was the practice of unprotected sex, sharing of syringes, needles, razors, nail pliers, sharp objects, etc.
However, hepatitis is preventable and treatable. In the health, beauty and aesthetic treatment environments, it is recommended to strictly practice the standard operating procedures (OP) determined by Anvisa standards, in its Materials and Sterilization Centers (MSC). In particular, everyone has a citizen's responsibility to adopt preventive procedures, such as the continued use of condoms, the non-sharing of razors, needles, syringes, pliers etc. To check out the biosafety tips on Woson's blogspot click here.
Woson Supports this fight
The Woson values are transparency and commitment to quality of life, innovative solutions pursued by its Intelligence, Research and Development Center, the well-being of its employees, partners, customers and patients. Security and the common good are stone clauses and the center of everything is the human person. Woson understands that the fight against viral hepatitis is a social commitment, which is why it fully supports this fight.
The health and well-being of everyone is the energy that moves us!