World Hepatitis Day 2020

28 Jul 2020

ECDC coordinates the enhanced surveillance for hepatitis A, B and C to help countries define epidemiological trends or transmission patterns among newly diagnosed cases.

World Hepatitis Day on 28 July provides an opportunity each year to increase the awareness and understanding of viral hepatitis.

Viral hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver caused by a virus. The most common hepatitis viruses in Europe are types A, B, C and E (commonly referred to as HAV, HBV, HCV and HEV). Together, HBV and HCV are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

European surveillance data show on-going transmission of hepatitis B and high annual levels of hepatitis C diagnoses.

That is why targeted testing to reach those most at-risk of infection is an essential element of any strategy to eliminate viral hepatitis across the countries in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA) as outlined in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

However, according to recent ECDC findings, only a few countries across the EU/EEA have met the 2020 target of the European Action Plan in diagnosing 50% of people with chronic hepatitis B or C.


Viral hepatitis: Europe needs to close the testing gap

News story -

Monitoring the progress towards hepatitis B and C elimination


Monitoring the responses to hepatitis B and C epidemics in the EU/EEA Member States, 2019

Technical report -

Surveillance data and tools


Hepatitis B - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

Surveillance report -


Hepatitis C - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

Surveillance report -

Disease data from ECDC Surveillance Atlas - hepatitis A

Hepatitis B - prevalence database

Hepatitis C prevalence database

Disease / public health area

Hepatitis E


Toolkit to support the generation of robust estimates of hepatitis C prevalence

Toolkit, Technical report -


Algorithm to assist in decision making around prevalence surveys for hepatitis C

Tool -

Public health guidance