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Snohomish County's programs for World Hepatitis Day July 28

Viral hepatitis might be closer than you think, according to the international organizers of World Hepatitis Day on Saturday, July 28.

In Snohomish County alone, 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, but the majority of those infected don’t know that they are infected.

The World Hepatitis Alliance offers downloadable information about hepatitis at www.worldhepatitisalliance.org, as does the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/index.htm.

In support of the global awareness campaign, the Snohomish Health District will display hepatitis information through Tuesday, July 31, in the atrium of the Rucker Building, located at 3020 Rucker Ave. in Everett. The Health District also will feature hepatitis information on "The Takeaway" radio program at 8:40 a.m. on 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:

• You received transplants, transfusions or other blood products before July of 1992.

• You received clotting factor before 1987 for hemophilia or organ transplants.

• You were born to a hepatitis C virus-infected woman.

• You use or have used illegal drugs in the past.

• You've received tattoos, piercings or body art with unsterilized equipment.

• You have sexual contact with an infected person or have a history of sexually transmitted disease.

• You're a man who has sex with men.

Please call the 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.

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