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Hundreds of residents live with hepatitis in Snohomish County

 

July 26, 2012



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 http://www.snohd.org.

 

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