Last updated: 24th  July 2015

Viral hepatitis affects millions of people worldwide, killing close to 1.5 million people every year. Increase your awareness about hepatitis. 

 It is World Hepatitis Day on 28 July 2015. Viral hepatitis is responsible for the death of about 1.5 million people each year and many of these deaths could be prevented.

At International SOS, we are supporting the World Health Organization’s initiative to act now and prevent infection and death from hepatitis.

Hepatitis can affect business travellers. Like everyone, they should take steps to prevent infection: 

Hepatitis prevention infographic

International SOS provides specific advice and support for medical and security risks, no matter where your people are. 

  • Assess and understand the risks of exposure at your destination: We analyse and evaluate any location you are sending your employees to and recommend measures that help mitigate risks. 
  • Educate your travellers before they depart: Through our specialist medical information and education programmes, we help you to prepare your travellers for the local situation as well as advise on measures to take should the situation deteriorate.
  • Around the clock access for your travellers to specific local advice: Our qualified doctors and security specialists are there for your employees, no matter what, where or when.

About hepatitis

Hepatitis is inflammation of the liver, characterised by fatigue, loss of appetite, fever and jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin). Viral hepatitis is due to the viruses A,B, C and E.

Hepatitis A and E

People can get hepatitis A and E through contaminated food or water. Raw or under-cooked foods, shellfish, ice and unsafe water are common culprits. Although almost everyone makes a full recovery, it may take weeks or months.

Prevent infection by having a hepatitis A vaccine and being careful with selection of food and water.

Hepatitis B and C 

Hepatitis B and C viruses are spread via direct contact with blood, contaminated needles, through sexual contact, or from mother to her baby.

Prevent infection by having a hepatitis B vaccine, and avoiding risky behaviours such as having a tattoo with equipment which may not be adequately sterilised. 

About World Hepatitis Day

On World Hepatitis Day, events will take place around the world focussing on building awareness and effective interventions. In 2015, the annual event takes place on 28 July. More information can be found here.