Increase in Cases of Hepatitis Among Colombian Youth

Posted on July 27, 2011 • Filed under: Colombia, Latin America Health, Social Issues

•In the last 5 years, Colombians between the ages of 15 and 30 have experienced an increase in the cases of Hepatitis according to the Colombian Association of Hepatology per RCN Radio.
•Those who have not been vaccinated against the disease are at risk of infection from such activities as blood transfusions, unprotected sex, and dental treatment.
•Infected patients generally can go 20 to 30 years without experiencing any symptoms.
•Hepatitis B is about 50 to 100 times more contagious than HIV according to the World Health Organization.
•Those most at risks are people who have had a blood transfusion before 1993.
•Lack of knowledge and vaccines against the virus contribute to the problem. Read Article

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