Erie County Health Commissioner Talks About Hepatitis C Awareness.

Posted at 12:23 PM, May 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-09 12:23:45-04

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein is here to talk about Hepatitis C awareness. 

Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. 

The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. 

When the liver is inflamed, or damaged its function can be affected. 

The only way to know if you have Hepatitis C is to have a blood test done. 

You should be tested if:  you were born from 1945 – 1965 (baby boomers should be tested at least once even if they do not fall into any of the other categories listed here.) 

Received donated blood or organs before 1992

Have ever injected drugs, even if it was just once or many years ago

Have certain medical conditions, such as chronic liver disease and HIV or AIDS

Have abnormal liver tests or liver disease

Have been exposed to blood from a person how has Hepatitis C

Are on hemodialysis

Are born to a mother with Hepatitis ‘C

Dr. Gale Burstein also tells us about Rabies Clinic taking place on Wednesday, May 24th at the Town of Townawanda Highway Garage and on Wednesday, May 31st at the Broadway Market. 

Both clinics are from 4 -7pm. 

Bring pets previous vaccination records, if possible, to receive 3-year vaccination instead on 1 year vaccination.  

All animals must be on a leash or in a crate and under control of their owners at all times.