SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Viral hepatitis is closer than you think, say the international organizers of World Hepatitis Day, July 28. In Snohomish County approximately 680 cases of chronic hepatitis C and 110 cases of chronic hepatitis B are reported every year.
One in 12 people on the planet live with hepatitis B or hepatitis C -- and yet the majority of those infected don’t know that they are infected. The World Hepatitis Alliance offers downloadable information about hepatitis (http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/) as does the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm).
In support of the global awareness campaign, the Snohomish Health District will display hepatitis information July 24-31 in the atrium of the Rucker Building, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201. The Health District also will feature hepatitis information on The Takeaway radio program at 8:40 a.m., Thursday, July 26 on KSER, 90.7 FM.
You may be eligible to receive vaccines for hepatitis A and B at no charge and a hepatitis C test at no charge at the Health District if you meet any of these criteria,:
persons who received transplants, transfusions or other blood products before July 1992
persons who received clotting factor before 1987 for hemophilia or organ transplants
persons born to hepatitis C virus-infected women
persons who use or have used illegal drugs in the past
persons who received tattoos, piercings or body art with unsterilized equipment
persons who have sexual contact with an infected person or have a history of sexually transmitted disease
men who have sex with men
Please call Snohomish Health District at 425.339.8620 to schedule an appointment for testing. For information about the Health District’s hepatitis program, visitwww.snohd.org/Shd_CD/ViralHepatitis.aspx.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. See www.snohd.org.