Viral hepatitis is inflammation (injury) of the liver caused by a virus. There are five different hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E. All of these viruses cause short term, or acute infection. However, the hepatitis B, C and D viruses can also cause long-term infection, called chronic hepatitis, which can lead to life-threatening complications such as liver cirrhosis and cancer. Viral hepatitis kills about 1.5 million people worldwide every year and is now ranked seventh among the leading causes of death. It kills more people than HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis. It is a communicable disease that is preventable and treatable.
Advocacy for the Prevention of Hepatitis in Nigeria (APHIN)