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Luxembourg joins efforts to raise hepatitis awareness
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Luxembourg joins efforts to raise hepatitis awareness

2 min. 27.07.2014 From our online archive
Viral hepatitis kills around 1.5 million people around the world each year, with up to 4,500 people thought to be suffering from the infection in Luxembourg.
Zum Themendienst-Bericht von Nina C. Zimmermann vom 18. Juli: Gegen Hepatitis A und B kann man sich impfen lassen - damit ist man zugleich gegen Hepatitis D geschützt, weil diese nur zusammen mit dem Typ B auftritt. (Archivbild vom 13.01.2009/Die Veröffentlichung ist für dpa-Themendienst-Bezieher honorarfrei.) Foto: Ralf Hirschberger

(CS/ld) Viral hepatitis kills around 1.5 million people around the world each year, with up to 4,500 people thought to be suffering from the infection in Luxembourg.

Viral hepatitis is the eighth biggest killer worldwide, with as many people dying from this type of infection as from HIV/AIDS.

To raise awareness about the issue the World Health Organisation in 2010 founded World Hepatitis Day, marked on July 28, with Luxembourg joining the effort this year.

According to estimates, around 0.5 percent of the Grand Duchy's population suffer from hepatitis C, between 2,250 and 4,500 people. Unlike hepatitis A and B, there are is no vaccination available for the C-type infection, which is transmitted similar to other infectious diseases, for example through unprotected sex or sharing drug needles.

The “HIV-Berodung”, the CRP-Santé, the “Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg” and the Health Ministry on Monday join forces to distribute information material at the Luxembourg City train station on Monday morning, as well as offering rapid tests in Place Léon XII in Bonnevoie from 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm, and the HIV counseling offices in 94 Boulevard General Patton from 12pm to 2pm.

Around 80 percent of patients are estimated to be unaware that they are suffering from a hepatitis infection, which often presents no or only limited symptoms. Therefore, this year, special emphasis is put on early detection in order to be able to better treat the infection.

The most common type of hepatitis is viral hepatitis, but it can also be caused by other infections, excessive alcohol consumption and other toxins, as well as autoimmune diseases.

Hepatitis attacks the liver and can cause scarring, cirrhosis and liver failure, as well as cancer.

For the hepatitis B strands vaccination is routinely carried out in Luxembourg, with 93.6 percent of children vaccinated in 2012, according to a survey.

Find out more about World Hepatitis Day here and visit sante.lu for more information on Health Ministry activities.