The Week in Review: Sep 28 – Oct 5, 2018

Friday, Oct 5, 2018 News Recap: Is hepatitis C virus micro-elimination feasible among prison populations? Let’s look at the world’s first prison to eliminate hepatitis C! Prisoners and former prisoners are much more likely to have hepatitis C than the general public; if they didn’t have HCV when they went in, they are likely to contract it there. However, the upside is that prisons are a GREAT place to treat (cure) HCV! To meet the World Health Orga...

The Week in Review: April 6 – April 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018 News Recap: Canada: Initiative aims to treat Hepatitis C in Alberta patients who also have HIV. A long-term effort to eliminate Hepatitis C as a public health threat is underway in Alberta, where a new program aims to provide medications to one particularly vulnerable group of patients. NOTE: In Alberta, coverage has been expanded as of April 1 to include all patients with hepatitis C. Previously, coverage was provided only to...

Hepatitis B increases mortality risk in patients with acute hepatitis E

Chronic hepatitis B virus infection is an independent risk factor for liver-related mortality in people with acute hepatitis E virus infection, according to researchers. Hepatitis E (HEV) is also associated with a higher mortality rate than acute hepatitis A (HAV), they wrote in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Although HAV incidence has declined over the past 10 years, HEV has been on the rise and, according to WHO, caused an estimated 44,000 deaths in 2

The Week in Review: August 18 – August 25, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017 News Recap: Public health issues Hep B risk warning: Tools used in procedures such as callus scraping and cutting toenails could become contaminated with the virus and remain contaminated because of the sterilization practices followed. Public health authorities in Owen Sound have identified a local foot care clinic as a potential source of hepatitis B and are warning patients – other than orthotics patients – to consult a doc...

Major UK Supermarket ‘May Have Infected Thousands With Hepatitis E’ – Updated

The big chain has yet to be identified. The unknown supermarket’s own-brand sausages and ham were found to be the common link between those infected. [Update: The supermarket that unintentionally infected people with a strain of hepatitis has now been identified as Tesco.] A major UK supermarket may have unintentionally infected thousands of people with a pig virus which causes liver and neurological problems, Public Health England has found. The b

The Week in Review: July 21 – July 28, 2017

Friday, July 28, 2017 News Recap WHD 2017 Victoria, BC in Pictures The weather was perfect; the organization and volunteers did great!!!!  The speakers were fabulous!! I only wish more people had shown up!!!  Big thanks to VPWAS and AVI for helping to make this important event a reality! Click on photos to see larger image in a new window! Should we be worried about hepatitis E? Hepatitis E virus infection (HEV) is the most common cause of a...

The Week in Review: July 14 – July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017 News Recap 1) Vosevi Approved in US – Under Review in Canada Vosevi has just been approved in the USA to treat adults with chronic HCV genotypes 1-6 without cirrhosis (liver disease) or with mild cirrhosis. Vosevi is a fixed-dose, combination tablet containing sofosbuvir, velpatasvir and a new drug, voxilaprevir. Vosevi is the first treatment approved for patients who have been previously treated with DAAs and failed treatment....