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New campaign targets hepatitis.

A COUNCIL partner is pushing a month-long campaign to raise awareness of hepatitis in Solihull after figures revealed a rising number of deaths due to liver disease.

The Solihull Integrated Addiction Service (SIAS) will be promoting tests for the condition throughout June, as well as drawing attention to vaccination and treatment options.

There are a number of different types of hepatitis, which causes inflammation of a person's liver and in chronic cases can cause life-threatening conditions such as liver cancer and cirrhosis.

SIAS, a partnership which is contracted by Solihull Council to provide a substance misuse service in the borough, works with groups who may often be at increased risk of the disease.

Hepatitis B and C are spread through infected fluids, including blood, and therefore pose a significant risk to those drug users who share needles.

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Publication:Solihull News (Solihull, Birmingham, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2018
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