Hepatitis is defined as an inflammation of the liver. Hepatitis is commonly caused by a virus. The most common types are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C. There are two other types, Hepatitis D and Hepatitis E, which are more common in other countries. To learn more about Hepatitis, see RESOURCES in the right-hand column. For data and statistics specific to Hepatitis, see IQuery and/or data.illinois.gov under RESOURCES in the right-hand column.
Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplantation. An estimated 4.4 million Americans are living with chronic hepatitis but most do not know that they are infected.
There are vaccines available for Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. For more information about Viral Hepatitis Vaccines, see the Immunization under RESOURCES in the right-hand column.
Illinois Hepatitis C Task Force
Illinois State Public Act 98-0493, enacted on August 16, 2013, established the Illinois Hepatitis C Task Force. The Task Force shall: (1) develop strategies to identify and address the unmet needs of persons with hepatitis C in order to enhance the quality of life of persons with hepatitis C by maximizing productivity and independence and addressing emotional, social, financial and vocational challenges of persons with hepatitis C; (2) develop strategies to provide persons with hepatitis C greater access to various treatments and other therapeutic options that may be available; and, (3) develop strategies to improve hepatitis C education and awareness. The Task Force is charged to report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and to the General Assembly along with any legislative bills that it desires to recommend for adoption by the General Assembly no later than December 31, 2015.
For more information about the task force, including meeting minutes, agendas and other supporting documents, please see Advsiory Boards.