"Hepatitis" means inflammation of the liver and also refers to a group of viral infections that affect the liver. The most common types are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis; most do not know they are infected.
Alaska Activities to Address Viral Hepatitis
The Alaska Hepatitis Prevention Program coordinates the state's public health activities related to viral hepatitis. The Section of Epidemiology (SOE) is responsible for hepatitis surveillance, vaccination programs, infectious disease outbreak response, prevention, and integration activities. Click here for more information on Alaska hepatitis activities including the Hepatitis Advisory Working Group (HAWG).
For information regarding different types of viral hepatitis, please see the following pages:
State of Alaska: Viral Hepatitis Resource Guide