In the Americas:
New data shows that, there are 10,000 new hepatitis B infections each year, and 23,000 deaths.
New WHO estimates of hepatitis C show that each year, there are 67,000 new infections in the Americas and 84,000 deaths.
Only about 18% of people living with Hepatitis B have been diagnosed, and only 3% of them are receiving treatment.
Only 22% of people chronically infected with Hepatitis C have been diagnosed, and just 18% of them have received treatment.
Washington, D.C., July 27, 2020 (PAHO) - A recent survey conducted by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis B and C infections in Latin America and the Caribbean, slowing progress on the goal of eliminating these infectious diseases by 2030. Continue reading