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CDC, WHO look to eliminate viral hepatitis through strategic plans

CDC, WHO look to eliminate viral hepatitis through strategic plans
July 28, 2016

World Hepatitis Day is today, and to date, nearly 5.7 million people in the United States are living with hepatitis B or C virus infection, according to the CDC. On a global scale, 1.4 million deaths per year are attributed to acute infection and hepatitis-related liver diseases, according to WHO. Both organizations launched strategic plans this year to help eliminate the burden of viral hepatitis.

“The world has ignored hepatitis at its peril,” Margaret Chan, MD, MPH, director-general of WHO, said in a press release. “It is time to mobilize a global response to hepatitis on the scale similar to that generated to fight other communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.”

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