July 28: World Hepatitis Day

Viral Hepatitis affects nearly 400 million people worldwide and kills more than 1.4 million people every year. (CDC)

Viral hepatitis, a group of infectious diseases that are the seventh leading cause of death worldwide, cause more deaths each year than HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.  Risks of infection among the five types of hepatitis differ by age, lifestyle, occupation and place of residence. Hepatitis A through E also have different routes of transmission and result in different health outcomes. In Florida, approximately 4.4 million people are living with Hepatitis B and C; most do not know they are infected.

The maps below indicate the reported cases of Chronic Hepatitis B and C in Florida, as of 2015.

Source: Florida Department of Health

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