Hepatitis Brett Davis and Scottie Maher

Overview

Hepatitis is swelling of the liver. Viruses, along with alcohol and drugs, can cause hepatitis. There are 5 known viruses that can cause hepatitis. They are Hepatitis A, B, C, and so on. Hep A, B, And c cause about 90% of Viral Hepatitis cases. It is always called Hepatitis- there is no difference between the common and scientific name. Hepatitis infects around 240 million people around the globe.

The Discovery

The Discovery was officially made by Dr. Baruch Blumburg. He was interested in disease susceptibility in genetics. He was studying blood samples. He then, when in his lab, found an antigen that caused hepatitis B. He wasn't trying to find it- he stumbled upon it by accident. He was officially recognized for his discovery in 1967.

Ailments/SYMPTOMS

Symptoms often include Fatigue, Nausea, Abdominal Pain, and yellowish eyes.

▪HEPatitis A- fatigue, nausea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, and fever
▪Hepatitis B- Yellowish eyes, abdominal pain, and dark urine.
▪Hepatitis c- Hardly any symptoms for most people. fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, and Yellowish Eyes Are some symptoms, However.
▪Hepatitis D- abdominal pain, nausea, and fatigue
▪Hepatitis E- Yellowish Eyes, lack of appetite, and nausea

Transmission

Hepatitis is transmitted when blood from an infected patient gets into the bloodstream of another person. This can happen in a variety of ways. It can be transmitted in any place where infected blood can get into a person's bloodstream. It is contagious- it can spread from person to person.

Benefits

SOME BENEFITS OF THE DISCOVERY OF HEPATITIS INCLUDE:

▪People taking better care of Their Liver. They stay away from substances that could cause hepatitis such as alcohol and Harmful drugs.
▪IT ALSO CAUSED PEOPLE TO STOP SHARING NEEDLES AS MUCH, BECAUSE NEEDLE SHARING IS ONE WAY HEPATITIS CAN BE TRANSMITTED.
▪There have been many vaccine discoveries related to hepatitis. Scientists created a vaccine to treat chronic Hepatitis C. then they found that it can also be used to prevent liver cancer.

Treatments

Treatment can consist of medication and sometimes a transplant. It can also clear up on its own. But, ways to prevent it include vaccination, avoiding alcohol, and wearing condoms.

▪Hepatitis A- clears up by itself. Avoid alcohol and get rest to prevent it.
▪Hepatitis B- clears up by itself. Medication might be needed. Possible liver transplant needed, Avoid alcohol.
▪Hepatitis c- medication
▪Hepatitis D- supportive care. Avoid alcohol.
▪Hepatitis e- rest and RE HYDRATION. usually clears up on its own.

Works Cited

Websites

▪http://www.cevhap.org/index.php/en/ab out-viral-hepatitis/a-brief-history-of- hepatitis

▪http://www.webmd.com/hepatitis/ss/slid eshow-hepatitis-overview

▪http://www.hepb.org/about-us/baruch-blumberg-md-dphil/

▪http://www.aidsinfonet.org/fact_sheets/view/506

▪https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bkamb1MrzBw

▪http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/145869.php

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