Inquirer: Accused hospital technician worked briefly at Temple -
“We are working closely with both hospitals to conduct a targeted investigation and ensure all affected parties are properly notified about their potential exposure to the disease,” said Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Eli Avila.
There is no evidence that any patients were infected here, Avila said in a statement, but an investigation by the hospitals and state and local health departments is continuing. (More…)
July 28, 2012, marks the second annual World Hepatitis Day, established in 2010 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Viral hepatitis is a largely silent epidemic; however, it is the leading cause of liver cancer and cirrhosis around the world. Approximately 500 million persons are living with chronic hepatitis B virus or hepatitis C virus infection; most are unaware of their infections, which contribute to nearly 1 million deaths annually. — World Hepatitis Day — July 28, 2012 (MMWR, 7/27)
NPR: Needle Exchanges Often Overlooked In AIDS Fight -
the International AIDS Conference in DC is drawing attention to needle exchange programs -which are also an important tool in the fight against hepatitis! (NPR)
Inky: A boomer balancing act: Treat hepatitis C now, or wait? -
A second hep C article in the Inquirer this June - it’s great to see more local awareness being raised about this health issue!
NYT: Supreme Court Lets Health Law Largely Stand -
Will this historic decision mean more people living with hepatitis B and C have access to medical care? Many argue that it is definitely a step in the right direction. What do you think?
All baby boomers should be tested at least once for the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, according to proposed guidelines from U.S. health officials released on Friday. — All baby boomers should get hepatitis C test -CDC | Reuters