World Hepatitis Day, observed on July 28 every year, aims to raise global awareness of hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — and encourage prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Hepatitis affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year.
World Hepatitis Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by theWorld Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day and World AIDS Day.
Approximately 500 million people worldwide are living with either hepatitis B or hepatitis C. If left untreated and unmanaged, hepatitis B or C can lead to advanced liver scarring (cirrhosis) and other complications, including liver cancer or liver failure. While many people worry more about contracting AIDS than hepatitis, the reality is that every year 1.5 million people worldwide die from either hepatitis B or C faster than they would from HIV/AIDS.
Hepatitis groups, patients and advocates worldwide take part in events on 28 July to mark the occasion. Notably in 2012, a Guinness World Record was created when 12,588 people from 20 countries did the Three Wise Monkeys actions on World Hepatitis Day to signify the willful ignorance of the disease.
It’s possible you might have hepatitis and not realize it at first. Sometimes there aren’t any symptoms. Or you might not get the right diagnosis because the disease shares some of the same signs as the flu.
The most common symptoms of hepatitis are things like:
- Loss of appetite
- Mild fever
- Muscle or joint aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pain in your belly
Some people have other issues, such as:
- Dark urine
- Light-colored stools
- Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes)
- Itchy feeling
- Mental changes, such as stupor (being in a daze) or coma
- Bleeding inside your body
Call/see your doctor if you think you’re showing any signs.
And our mixfm team say yes to a hepatitis-free generation how about you??
Today it’s also:
- Buffalo Soldiers Day – July 28
This is an actual, official holiday in the U.S., declared so by Congress in 1992. And I bet you didn’t even know that buffalo could serve as soldiers, right?
Actually, the Buffalo Soldiers were the U.S. Army regiments of African American soldiers, first formed on this date in 1866. The first of these regiments fought bravely for the Union during the Civil War.
See more at: http://every-day-is-special.blogspot.com/2012/07/july-28-2012-buffalo-soldiers-day.html#sthash.FhVT9jh7.dpuf
- National Milk Chocolate Day – July 28
Milk Chocolate lovers, today is a day to celebrate! Each year on July 28, it is National Milk Chocolate Day. July 7 was the day we all happily celebrated National Chocolate Lovers Day, now today is all about the flavor of Milk Chocolate.
If you have ever wondered how milk chocolate is made different from other chocolate, keep reading and you will learn the answer:
Milk chocolate is solid chocolate that is made with milk in the form of milk powder, liquid milk or condensed milk.
Millions of people enjoy milk chocolate in candy, in baking and in hot chocolate. but today enjoy milk chocolate your way 🙂