Viral hepatitis – a group of infectious diseases known as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E – affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide and causes acute and chronic liver disease. Nearly 1.4 million people die of hepatitis every year, but awareness, detection and treatment of the disease lags behind that of other communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. World Hepatitis Day, July 28, brings international focus to viral hepatitis and people living with the disease.
QualTex Laboratories is committed to making sure lifesaving blood products are free of hepatitis as well as other diseases. The lab tests 500,000 samples of whole blood and more than 7 million samples of source plasma per year.
“In our testing, hepatitis is the disease that results in the most positives samples. On a daily basis, we’re going to have at least one positive sample for hepatitis,” said Scott Jones, VP of Scientific Affairs for QualTex.