Hepatitis C infection is caused by a virus that attacks the liver. It is transmitted primarily through blood-to-blood contact with an infected person, including through sharing needles or other drug-related equipment and from mother to baby at birth. Hepatitis C can cause both acute and chronic infection, often without symptoms. Chronic infection can lead to serious liver disease or cancer. There is currently no vaccine to prevent hepatitis C, although effective therapy is now available.
PHO Rounds: Novel Disease Surveillance Tools for the Next Pandemic
This seminar will introduce the concept of informal disease event monitoring systems and how this type of data can and has been used to explore communicable disease epidemiological trends among forcibly displaced persons worldwide.