Hepatitis, which is an inflammation of the liver, affects many Americans.
There are more than 100 causes of hepatitis and the most common one in the United States is alcohol. If hepatitis is caused by a virus, it is given a letter like A, B or C.
Hepatitis A and B are preventable with a vaccine, and we still see more than 200,000 cases of hepatitis A and more than 300,00 cases of hepatitis B every year, with 1 million chronically infected. There is no vaccine for hepatitis C, which infects more than 650,000 in California and more than 5,000,000 in the United States.
The El Dorado County Hepatitis C Task Force and Advisory Council and People Helping People – HCV Support Group will conduct a Hepatitis Awareness Day with a community barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Bijou Community Park. Everyone is welcome to join in a day of food, fun and information.
The annual Soup Series, a South Lake Tahoe Disc Golf tradition, will start in the morning and will sponsor the day’s event. For more information call Ken Morgan at (530) 577-3111.
Support group meets Thursday
People Helping People South Lake Tahoe Hepatitis C Support Group will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Barton Memorial Hospital board room, 2170 South Ave.
People Helping People offers compassion and support to individuals and their loved ones who have questions or would like to talk about hepatitis C.
For meeting information or phone support call John at (530) 577-1412; Ken, (530) 577-3111; or Rick, (530) 541-6074.
Introduction to hepatitis offered
A hepatitis C orientation class will be offered from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Barton Memorial Hospital board room, 2170 South Ave. Speaker will be Ken Morgan.
The class is sponsored by El Dorado County Hepatitis C Task Force and People Helping People South Lake Tahoe HCV Support Group.
The organization is dedicated to the education of hepatitis C patients and those at risk of infection.
Anyone who has been recently diagnosed, is considering treatment, has family or loved ones with questions, or just wants information is welcome.
For more information, please call Ken Morgan at (530) 577-3111.
– Provided to the Tribune
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