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Horizon marks World Hepatitis Day with Community Barbecues

(Horizon) July 25, 2017 - Horizon Health Network will join organizations across Canada in the global effort to raise awareness about viral hepatitis on the annual World Hepatitis Day, July 28. To mark the occasion free community barbecues will take place in Saint John, Thursday, July 27 and in Fredericton, Friday July 28.

Viral hepatitis affects more than half a million Canadians. In New Brunswick it is the most common reportable blood-borne infection. The virus is commonly spread by those who are unaware they have contracted it through exposure to contaminated blood or bodily fluids. The goal of the 2017 World Hepatitis Campaign focuses on eliminating viral hepatitis by 2030. With the availability of an effective vaccine for Hepatitis B and treatment for Hepatitis C, the elimination of viral hepatitis is achievable.

Local public health and community partners are dedicated to raising awareness about viral hepatitis and informing the public of the options available for prevention, testing and treatment.

The barbecues are open to the public in the following locations:
Saint John -July 27, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Corner of Waterloo and Cliff Street
Fredericton - July 28, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 65 Brunswick Street outside of the Victoria Health Centre

Community partners in the initiative include: AIDS New Brunswick (Fredericton), AIDS Saint John, RECAP, Guardian Drugs, Phoenix Recovery Centre, Waterloo Village and Public Health. Everyone is welcome to attend.




For more information contact:

Stephanie Neilson-Levesque
Media Relations

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