SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) - World Hepatitis Day is July 28. The Illinois Department of Public Health is asking residents to ask their doctor if they should be tested for type A, B or C.
The Viral Hepatitis affects the liver.
Each virus are highly transmissible through bodily fluids, sexual contact, and contaminated water.
"A person with hepatitis B or C may not show symptoms for years or decades," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. "According to the World Health Organization, at least 60 percent of liver cancer cases are due to late testing and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C. Timely testing and treatment can save lives, so for World Hepatitis Day this year, find out if you should be tested."
In Illinois, the number of reported cases of hepatitis C increased by 43 percent from 6,887 in 2006 to 9,838 in 2017.
*Chart contains CDC Information
Take the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's online Hepatitis Risk Assessment to see if you should be tested.