Hepatitis occurs in five different forms: Hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis E are most similar despite the fact that the United States rarely has outbreaks of Hepatitis E. This is because of the country's location and medical advancement. Hepatitis B is a very dangerous disease that causes cancer, liver problems, and other illnesses. In order to contract the liver disease caused by Hepatitis D, one must also have already had Hepatitis B. The interaction of blood of an already infected person causes Hepatitis C, when one is accidentally injected with a previously used medical needle, or if one receives donated blood infected with Hepatitis C. All forms of Hepatitis cause damage to the liver and can result in death.
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A Hepatitis B epidemic broke out in Haifa, Israel in the 1990s. During this outbreak, five patients were diagnosed with the disease. If the disease had progressed any farther, there would have been no way of stopping it because of its location in Israel and the lack of medical advancement in that country. From 1988-1994, a Hepatitis C epidemic occurred in the United States and about 4 million Americans were infected with the disease. The most shocking part of this outbreak was the fact that those infected did not even know they had Hepatitis at first. Soon after the disease was discovered, however, most were able to be treated.
Sometimes, Hepatitis does not show symptoms until the disease becomes severe. If a patient does experience symptoms, the symptoms might include irritable skin, darkened urine, weight loss, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and sometimes slight temporary flu like symptoms. There have been known cases where people have been hospitalized because of severe symptoms. If these symptoms are apparent, one should see a doctor right away because Hepatitis can cause death, however if one survives, there is usually no permanent damage to the liver, which is the organ most affected by Hepatitis.
Status of Hepatitis C epidemic
The amount of death was never recorded, but is remebered to be low.