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World Hepatitis Day

Today organizations around the world commemorate World Hepatitis Day to raise awareness of the problem of viral hepatitis, which impacts more than 325 million people worldwide. This day allows an opportunity to educate people about the burden of these infections, CDC’s efforts to combat viral hepatitis around the world, and actions people can take to prevent these infections.

Viral hepatitis — a group of infectious diseases known as hepatitis A, B, C, D, and E — affects millions of people worldwide, causing both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) liver disease. Viral hepatitis causes more than one million deaths each year. While deaths from tuberculosis and HIV have been declining, deaths from hepatitis are increasing.

Looking at San Diego’s history, there was an outbreak of hepatitis A, which took two years of extensive efforts to fight. To learn more about how this virus was controlled locally, this arread ticle from AP News.

Visit these sites to learn more about hepatitis and World Hepatitis Day:

https://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/awareness/worldhepday.htm

https://www.worldhepatitisday.org/

https://www.fhcsd.org/hiv-and-hepatitis-services/

 

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CDC’s Resource for Alcohol and Substance Use During COVID-19

While the pandemic has created a stressful situation for many, increased stress can lead to increases in alcohol and substance use. If you or someone you care about is starting to use alcohol or other substances or is increasing their use during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CDC released a resource to help. You can find information to care for one’s mental health, learn healthier options for stress and coping, and learn more about excessive alcohol use and substance use.

The resource can be found here.

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Highlights of the Week

In the last week,

  • This sweet letter went viral. Read it here.
  • A 9-year old boy’s amazing handwashing invention earned him the Kenyan Presidential Order of Service Uzalendo (Patriotic) Award. Read about it here.
  • Locally, the City of San Diego began offering free lunches Tuesday for children in need. Learn more here.
  • The San Diego Humane Society continues to help foster thousands of animals and continue to get more animals adopted. See the news piece here.

Happy weekend!

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