SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Viral hepatitis is closer than you think, say the international organizers of World Hepatitis Day, July 28. In Snohomish County approximately 680 cases of chronic hepatitis C and 110 cases of chronic hepatitis B are reported every year.
One in 12 people on the planet live with hepatitis B or hepatitis C -- and yet the majority of those infected don’t know that they are infected. The World Hepatitis Alliance offers downloadable information about hepatitis (
http://www.worldhepatitisalliance.org/) as does the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm).
In support of the global awareness campaign, the Snohomish Health District will display hepatitis information July 24-31 in the atrium of the Rucker Building, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, WA 98201. The Health District also will feature hepatitis information on
The Takeaway radio program at 8:40 a.m., Thursday, July 26 on KSER, 90.7 FM.
You may be eligible to receive vaccines for hepatitis A and B at no charge and a hepatitis C test at no charge at the Health District if you meet any of these criteria:
- persons who received transplants, transfusions or other blood products before July 1992
- persons who received clotting factor before 1987 for hemophilia or organ transplants
- persons born to hepatitis C virus-infected women
- persons who use or have used illegal drugs in the past
- persons who received tattoos, piercings or body art with unsterilized equipment
- persons who have sexual contact with an infected person or have a history of sexually transmitted disease
- men who have sex with men
Please call Snohomish Health District at 425.339.8620 to schedule an appointment for testing. For information about the Health District’s hepatitis program, visit www.snohd.org/Shd_CD/ViralHepatitis.aspx.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier community through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. See www.snohd.org.