- July 28th is World Hepatitis Day and Lawrence County Memorial Hospital wants to share a few facts to bring awareness to the disease.
- Health officials say the 4,000 deaths caused by Viral Hepatitis each year are preventable. The disease affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
- Locally, providers frequently encounter patients who are afflicted. “Mostly, we diagnose more than we treat,” said Katie Clark, a nurse practitioner at Lawrence County Memorial Hospital’s Primary Care Clinic. “We usually refer them to
(gastrointestinal) doctors to be treated.”
- Everyone between the ages of 45 and 65 should be tested for Hepatitis C, according to Clark. She added that anyone who has a history of injection drug use is susceptible, as are people who have sexual relations with someone who is infected.
- What is Hepatitis? Simply put, Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver. In the United States, Hepatitis is usually caused by the Hepatitis A, B or C virus.
- “It’s important to get tested, then treated,” said Clark. “There is a lot of new treatment out there. If treated, it can be taken care of, but the sooner, the better.”
- For more information, click here or call (618) 943-1000.