The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urge the public to learn the risk factors of viral hepatitis. May has been designated as Hepatitis Awareness Month. May 19 is the second national observance of Hepatitis Testing Day.
Viral hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) is caused by viral infections and referred to as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D and hepatitis E.
One in every 10 Americans is affected by some form of liver disease. More than 75 percent of adults with hepatitis C are baby boomers (persons born between 1945 and 1965).
"As a part of our observance, we join the CDC's Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policyand urge other agencies to implement the Action Plan for the Prevention, Care and Treatment of Viral Hepatitis," said Jane Cheeks, director of the Divisions of HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention and Control.
For more information, visit http://www.adph.org/hepatitis/.