Meeting with the European Commission – ELPA – European Liver Patients Association

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2009-09-20 17:30

John F Ryan and Nadine Piorkowsky

Luxembourg, 19th September 2009. Nadine Piorkowsky, president of ELPA, had a meeting at the European Commission’s Directorate for Public Health to discuss with Mr John F Ryan, Head of the “Health Threats” Unit, about the prevention of viral hepatitis.

Chronic hepatitis B and C affect millions of Europeans, many are not even aware of their infection. These patients are not only at risk for suffering late-stage liver disease, but they also might infect others. Vaccination against hepatitis B, education about transmission routes as well as early diagnosis and treatment are important steps to reduce the burden of those diseases.