Migration processes can develop Hepatitis B into epidemic in Armenia, a doctor says
YEREVAN, July 26./ARKA/. As a result of the migration processes, Hepatitis B can develop into epidemic in Armenia, implies Hasmik Ghazinyan, chief doctor of Hepatology department at Nork hospital in Yerevan.
“Given the migration processes and some new ways of its transmission, which is more often sexually transmitted now, Hepatitis B epidemic threat can hit Armenia soon,” Ghazinyan told reporters on Friday ahead of the World Hepatitis Day on 28 July.
According to the World Health Organization, some 240 million people worldwide are suffering from the chronic form of Hepatitis B. Each year nearly 600,000 people die of it. Experts say Hepatitis B is the second most serious cancer threat after smoking.
Ghazinyan said Armenia is successfully implementing the vaccination against this disease within the framework of its national health program launched in 1996.
“Due to this program, no acute hepatitis virus has been diagnosed in patients of 10-15 years old over the past 10 years,” she noted.
She also reminded Hepatitis B is controlled in Armenia, however, she called upon the people to take care of their health and pass medical examinations.
As of May 2013, there were 6 cases of Hepatitis A and 9 cases of Hepatitis B registered in Armenia, according to the National Statistical Service of Armenia.
Hepatitis is a condition defined by the inflammation of the liver. There are five basic viruses of Hepatitis: A, B, C, D and E. B and C are the most wide spread types. —0-