World Hepatitis Day is July 28th, and this year we highlight the recent surge in Hepatitis A virus (HAV) outbreaks across the United States. HAV is a vaccine-preventable viral infection of the liver transmitted through the consumption of tiny amounts of feces or through contact with an effected person. HAV can cause mild to severe […]
This Sunday, May 19th, is National Hepatitis Testing Day. The day reminds us of the significant health threat viral hepatitis can be, the means of prevention and treatment of infections, and the importance of regular screenings. The U.S. saw approximately 4,000 new cases of Hepatitis A in 2016. Hepatitis A (HAV) causes headache, fatigue, and […]
I am scheduled to write a post to this blog about once a month. I usually scan through the most recent headlines in public health and health care to write about a timely issue. However, of late I have been overwhelmed by the amount of bleak information in today’s news – spanning from the mildly […]
Recent reports released by the CDC and the Washington, DC Medical Examiner’s Office are sounding the alarm of the toll opioid drug misuse is having on the lives of District residents. The CDC reports that Washington, DC has one of the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in the U.S., at 44.0 deaths per 100,000 […]
Several U.S. states have laws that criminalize knowingly exposing another to viral hepatitis or other infectious diseases. The definitions of the crimes and severity of penalties vary. Some states specifically target diseases such as HIV and viral hepatitis in the statutes, while others impose penalties for exposing others to any infectious diseases. While opinions on […]
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The views reflected in this blog are those of the individual authors and do not necessarily represent those of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law or Georgetown University. This blog is solely informational in nature, and not intended as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed and retained attorney in your state or country.