'Its time for action on viral hepatitis'  is the theme for World Hepatitis Day 2015 in Australia. Almost half a million Australians are living with hepatitis B or C and approximately 1000 people die each year due to viral hepatitis. With better management, understanding and awareness, many of the related deaths can be prevented, and transmission of the viruses can be prevented through vaccinations, blood and injection safety.

Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, caused by various viruses. They are transmitted by different routes : food, water, blood and body fluids. Acute hepatitis causes fatigue, fever, jaundice and loss of appetite, most people recover completely, but a small proportion can die in the acute phase. Hepatitis B and C infections can become chronic, leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer.

Hepatitis Australia have released an animated video promoting this years theme, #TimeForAction

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