Hepatitis can’t wait” is the theme on World Hepatitis Day Experts advice to keep a eye on Hepatitis Infection during Monsoon


Hepatitis infection is very wide spread especially during monsoon. This is caused due viruses spread through contaminated food and water that we consume more during the rainy season. Consuming contaminated food and water from unknown sources or from outside the chances of getting hepatitis infection is very high. The incidence of Hepatitis infection would be very common occurrence during the monsoon periods. Children and those travelling outside are the victims of such infection.
With a person dying every 30 seconds from hepatitis related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis – we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common which result in 1.1 million deaths and 3 million new infections per year. That is the reason behind selecting ““Hepatitis Can’t Wait” as theme for World Hepatitis Day being observed today.
In order to create awareness on the disease Hepatitis, Renova NIGL hospital has organized several awareness program for past one week. As part of these programs, a media interaction has been arranged with Dr .R V Raghavendra Rao, Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist & Liver Transplant Surgeon and Director, Renova NIGL Hospitals today.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. RV Raghavendra Rao has explained that Hepatitis virus can be classified into 5 types namely hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E. Further adding to it, he said that the most common types are A, E, B, and C. He also explained that out of these five varieties Hepatitis B & C can became dangerous for an individual when contracted and are capable of spreading from one individual to another through body fluids such as blood, droplets from nose and mouth etc. Further explaining the details, he said that Hepatitis B and C viruses can persist in the body for a long time and progress to Chronic Hepatitis requiring long term treatment.
Further dwelling upon the subject, Dr RV Raghavendra Rao said that Hepatitis infections that reach epidemic proportions during monsoon are mostly caused by A and E viruses which infect via contaminated food or water. Thankfully, hepatitis caused by these viruses is not life threatening in majority of patients and the infection is self limiting, he said. But he cautioned that if not diagnosed in time and a proper treatment is not provided, the disease can became life threatening disease by developing into Liver Cirrhosis and then may became a cancer.
Dr RV Raghavendra Rao explained that Hepatitis A generally doesn’t require treatment because it’s a short-term illness and bed rest may be suggested if symptoms cause a great deal of discomfort. If you experience, vomiting or diarrhea, follow your doctor’s orders for hydration and nutrition, he advised. Further he said that Hepatitis E similarly does not call for any treatment because there is none, because the infection is often acute, it typically resolves on its own. People with this type of infection are often advised to get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, get enough nutrients, and avoid alcohol. However, pregnant women who develop this infection require close monitoring and care, He advised.

Hepatitis can’t wait” is the theme on World Hepatitis Day Experts advice to keep a eye on Hepatitis Infection during Monsoon
Hepatitis infection is very wide spread especially during monsoon. This is caused due viruses spread through contaminated food and water that we consume more during the rainy season. Consuming contaminated food and water from unknown sources or from outside the chances of getting hepatitis infection is very high. The incidence of Hepatitis infection would be very common occurrence during the monsoon periods. Children and those travelling outside are the victims of such infection.
With a person dying every 30 seconds from hepatitis related illness – even in the current COVID-19 crisis – we can’t wait to act on viral hepatitis. There are five main strains of the hepatitis virus – A, B, C, D and E. Together, hepatitis B and C are the most common which result in 1.1 million deaths and 3 million new infections per year. That is the reason behind selecting ““Hepatitis Can’t Wait” as theme for World Hepatitis Day being observed today.
In order to create awareness on the disease Hepatitis, Renova NIGL hospital has organized several awareness program for past one week. As part of these programs, a media interaction has been arranged with Dr .R V Raghavendra Rao, Consultant Surgical Gastroenterologist & Liver Transplant Surgeon and Director, Renova NIGL Hospitals today.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. RV Raghavendra Rao has explained that Hepatitis virus can be classified into 5 types namely hepatitis viruses A, B, C, D and E. Further adding to it, he said that the most common types are A, E, B, and C. He also explained that out of these five varieties Hepatitis B & C can became dangerous for an individual when contracted and are capable of spreading from one individual to another through body fluids such as blood, droplets from nose and mouth etc. Further explaining the details, he said that Hepatitis B and C viruses can persist in the body for a long time and progress to Chronic Hepatitis requiring long term treatment.
Further dwelling upon the subject, Dr RV Raghavendra Rao said that Hepatitis infections that reach epidemic proportions during monsoon are mostly caused by A and E viruses which infect via contaminated food or water. Thankfully, hepatitis caused by these viruses is not life threatening in majority of patients and the infection is self limiting, he said. But he cautioned that if not diagnosed in time and a proper treatment is not provided, the disease can became life threatening disease by developing into Liver Cirrhosis and then may became a cancer.
Dr RV Raghavendra Rao explained that Hepatitis A generally doesn’t require treatment because it’s a short-term illness and bed rest may be suggested if symptoms cause a great deal of discomfort. If you experience, vomiting or diarrhea, follow your doctor’s orders for hydration and nutrition, he advised. Further he said that Hepatitis E similarly does not call for any treatment because there is none, because the infection is often acute, it typically resolves on its own. People with this type of infection are often advised to get adequate rest, drink plenty of fluids, get enough nutrients, and avoid alcohol. However, pregnant women who develop this infection require close monitoring and care, He advised.

Dr RV Raghavendra Rao explained that the major problem faced by the patient is to identify the cause of the problem as the contraction of virus doesn’t get revealed due to lack of identifiable symptoms. He asked the patients especially those having symptoms such as weakness, fever, body pains, diarrhea etc for a period of more than three days to consult a doctor immediately thus allowing him to diagnose the disease as early as possible. He also explained that there are lots of advanced diagnostic methods; tools are available now a day to properly identify the cause of infection thus enabling the doctor to provide right treatment.
Dr Raghavendra Rao also explained that Hepatitis A and B are vaccine preventable diseases, yet their incidence is quite high. He said that the Universal Immunization for Hepatitis A and B can decrease the burden of disease. He opined that along with universal immunization and proper timely diagnosis can easily provide solutions to this disease. He also suggested that by practicing good hygiene is one key way to avoid contracting hepatitis A and E. One must avoid few things such as local water, ice, raw or undercooked shellfish and oysters, raw fruit and vegetables. Chaat, Golgappa and cut fruits outside home should be a avoided as well, he added.
Later Dr RV Raghavendra has answered several questions and doubts raised by Experts and advice to keep a eye on Hepatitis Infection during Monsoon

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