Friday, July 26, 2013

Hepatitis out break higher in Myanmar

The outbreak of hepatitis has been on the rise in Myanmar and it poses high risk in the country's people. In 2012, among the patients hospitalized in one of the leading hospitals of Myanmar, the number of patients suffered from cirrhosis of liver is the third largest among the victims suffering from cancer diseases.

The WHO describes the viruses as “major global health risk” and the main hepatitis viruses – A, B, C, D and E – can cause acute and chronic infection and inflammation of the liver, possibly leading to cirrhosis and liver cancer. The disease can occur with limited or no symptoms. Most people who are infected with the disease only know when they are in last stage.  The only way to know for certain is to get a blood test.

In Myanmar, an estimated one in 10 people suffer from chronic hepatitis B, while six million people of the Nation’s population is infectious with that disease and the cause of liver cancer rate is also increased due to hepatitis.

The hepatitis B and C virus is transmitted through contact with blood or other body fluid. In the modern age, many patients undergo blood infusion. Touching the infectious blood or not using the single-use needles cause these diseases. In the past, people feared of HIV/AIDS. Now the contagious rate of Hepatitis B and C is much higher than HIV/ AIDS.  At present, many people of age between 40 to 50 mostly suffer from cirrhosis of liver and lung cancer.


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