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May 9, 2014        Print version


DCDOH Screening Event Promotes Hepatitis Testing and Prevention

Poughkeepsie… The Dutchess County Department of Health will conduct a free Hepatitis C Screening Clinic on May 19, 2014 from 10am to 12 noon and 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm at the Family Partnership Center – Suite 109, 29 North Hamilton Street in the City of Poughkeepsie.


“In observance of National Hepatitis Awareness Month, we encourage all individuals born between 1945 and 1965 to get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus,” said Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD.  “Our Walk-in Clinic on May 19th provides a great opportunity for residents and visitors to get this free test.”

Each May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) celebrate National Hepatitis Awareness Month to raise awareness of the disease, especially since viral hepatitis is the leading infectious cause of death in the U.S.

There are hepatitis viruses from A through G that cause disease in humans. The three common types most likely to cause disease are Hepatitis A, B and C.  Hepatitis A is a contagious liver disease and is usually spread when a person ingests fecal matter from contact with objects, food, or drinks contaminated by an infected person. Hepatitis B and C are spread through contact with blood and body fluids. The CDC recommends anyone who has been exposed to blood through needle use, blood transfusion, non-sterile equipment, or tattooing should be tested for both hepatitis B and C.  Visit www.cdc.gov/hepatitis for more information.

“New, more effective treatments for Hepatitis C are now available,” said Reiber.  “Individuals with Hepatitis C will be promptly referred for evaluation and treatment.” Reiber added individuals who have questions about the testing event or Hepatitis in general may contact the Department at (845) 486-3402.

To learn more about what Dutchess County has to offer, including Dutchess County Department of Health’s clinical and referral services, visit www.dutchessny.gov.

 

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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