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The data is provided by Eurostat, on the occasion of the world hepatitis day (28 July). Across the EU the deaths were 6,610 with a rate of 12.6 cases per million inhabitants. In Italy, on the other hand, the rate jumps to 37.7 cases per million, although a decrease of 2.5 cases per million compared to 2014. Mortality is higher among males with 42.5 deaths per million compared to 32.9 deaths recorded in the female population.

29 JUL – Italy holds the sad record of deaths from hepatitis in the EU. This is revealed by the latest data published by Eurostat on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day which, with 37.7 deaths per million inhabitants, place us at the top of the ranking compared to a European average of 12.6 cases per million.In absolute values, 6,610 deaths were recorded in the EU (2016 data). Men are most affected with a rate of 14.7 per million while women stop at 10.5.

In Italy, 2,745 deaths were recorded, equal to 41.5% of all deaths from hepatitis registered in the EU. Compared to 2014, however, there is a decrease of 2.5 cases per million inhabitants compared to 2014, with 75 fewer deaths). The rate per million of inhabitants is highest among males with 42.5 deaths and lower for females with 32.9 deaths. For women, the death rate per million inhabitants also decreased from 2014 to 2016: -2.7 against -2.3 for men.

After Italy at the top of the ranking are Latvia (31 deaths per million inhabitants) and Austria (21)

Today, July 28, as every year, the World Hepatitis Day promoted by WHO is celebrated. An important opportunity to take stock of the fight against these other viruses, well known for over 30 years and potentially curable. This year the context has changed and a large part of humanity is committed to the fight against the Sars-Cov-2 pandemic.

The attention of clinicians is, as always, turned to Hepatitis B and C which can have particularly serious effects, sometimes lethal, and are considered a threat to public health, as if they become chronic, they cause complications over time, even fatal, such as cirrhosis and liver tumor. However, hepatitis B can be prevented with the vaccine and hepatitis C treated with effective and resolving drugs.

For this reason, the WHO has set the goal of eliminating Hepatitis C by 2030, a result that is perhaps still possible above all thanks to the innovation guaranteed by the new direct-acting antiviral drugs (DAA), which allow the virus to be eradicated in a manner definitive, quickly and without side effects.

The efforts of recent months to deal with Covid-19 have left behind therapies, prevention and diagnostics of many pathologies, also questioning what Italy has done in the elimination of Hepatitis C.

To regain attention on the issue, in on the occasion of World Hepatitis Day, institutions, scientific societies, specialists, patient associations, the business world organized a Round Table, organized by Aristea, with the unconditional contribution of Gilead Sciences, entitled

“HBV and HCV. What role can Italy play? Between news, current events and updates, hypotheses and concrete expectations of health policy and medical scientific research “, which will be broadcast in live streaming on Monday 27 July from 11 to 13. The honorable Fabio Massimo Castaldo will participate together with various sector journalists – vice president of the European Parliament; Senator Pierpaolo Sileri – Deputy Minister of Health;

Professor Giovanni Rezza – Director of Prevention of the Ministry of Health; Loreta Kondili – medical researcher, National Center for Global Health, National Institute of Health; Professor Massimo Andreoni – scientific director Simit, full professor of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, University of Rome

“Tor Vergata”; Professor Sergio Babudieri, scientific director of SIMSPe; Professor Antonio Craxì – full professor of Gastroenterology, University of Palermo; Professor Massimo Galli – past president Simit, full professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Milan, Asst Fatebenefratelli Sacco, Milan; Dr. Ignazio Grattagliano – Simg Puglia coordinator; Dr. Ivan Gardini – president of EpaC Onlus; moderates Dr. Daniel Della Seta – science journalist.

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