HEPATITIS C CASES IN MACEDONIA ON THE RISE
Macedonia's reported cases of hepatitis C are on the rise, as eight new cases have been reported last month.
The hepatitis C is a serious blood-borne disease and the incidence rose sharply, said the Association for Fight against Blood-Transmitted Diseases HEPTA at today's presentation of the grant comprising hepatitis C detection tests.
Reported cases of hepatitis C had risen from 92 in 2005 to 114 in 2006.
According to general estimates, the Association says the number of hepatitis V cases ranges from 25.000 to 30.000, as number of people who contracted the disease in the past now are discovering they have the virus.
"The state must find a way to help the people infected with hepatitis C virus," Rozalinda Isijanovska, HEPTA president, told the press conference.
She stressed that there was an apparent lack of therapy and medical treatment for people who have been diagnosed with hepatitis C.
"According to unofficial information, the Health Insurance Fund provides therapy to 10 persons infected with this virus on early basis," Isijanovska said, adding that there is a lack of communication between HEPTA and the Health Insurance Fund. The Fund doe snot provide any information as to the funds set apart for treatment of hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is a blood-borne, infectious, viral disease of the liver caused by hepatotropic virus called hepatitis C. It is spread by blood-to-blood contact. The infection can cause liver inflammation and permanent impairment of the liver, accompanied by other health disorders.
Roughly 180 million people across the world have been infected with hepatitis C virus. It is largely deemed as the disease of the 21st century, as the number is expected to triple and claim more lives than AIDS.
MD: Let's hope they find something to stop this soon! Hepatitis is mostly seen in Africa and South-America, in Europe it is mostly seen in Ukraine and Romania.