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National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable Observes World Hepatitis Day and Calls for Increased Federal Action
Date:5/19/2009

, there is no federally funded hepatitis awareness campaign, hepatitis B or C counseling and testing program, chronic hepatitis surveillance system, adult hepatitis A and B vaccination program, linkage to care system for persons infected with hepatitis B or C, or treatment program for un/underinsured Americans.

"Increased funding through the CDC and other federal health agencies can ease the economic and health-related burdens of viral hepatitis," said Chris Taylor, chairman of the NVHR. "Individuals that receive screening for viral hepatitis can be medically evaluated and counseled or treated to reduce the onset of the most severe complications of the disease, and can prevent transmitting infection to others."

About NVHR

The National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (www.nvhr.org) is a coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity, and mortality from viral hepatitis in the United States

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