by Jeffrey V. Lazarus, Kelly Safreed-Harmon, Ida Sperle et al.
World Health Organization, July 2013
On World Hepatitis Day (28 July), WHO is urging governments to act against the five hepatitis viruses that can cause severe liver infections and lead to 1.4 million deaths every year. Some of these hepatitis viruses, most notably types B and C, can also lead to chronic and debilitating illnesses such as liver cancer and cirrhosis, in addition to loss of income and high medical expenses for hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Member States of WHO were asked whether key prevention and control activities are being conducted. This report presents the results.