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). 

Even though their effects on the liver and the symptoms they produce can be similar, the severity and duration of the disease are determined by the virus that caused it. While HAV infection is typically caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water and causes an acute infection, hepatitis B and C usually occur as a result of contact with infected body fluids and can develop into a chronic infection. Together, HBV and HCV are the most common cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer. Read more facts about viral hepatitis

Disease / public health area

Hepatitis A

Disease / public health area

Hepatitis B

Disease / public health area

Hepatitis C

Disease / public health area

Hepatitis E

Latest outputs

Event

World Hepatitis Day 2021

28 Jul 2021

Publication

Hepatitis B - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2019

Surveillance report -

Publication

Hepatitis C - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2019

Surveillance report -

Publication

The sustainable development goals and hepatitis B and C in the EU/EEA

Technical report -

Publication

Hepatitis B and C testing in the EU/EEA: progress in reaching the elimination targets

Technical report -

Data

World Hepatitis Day infographic

Infographic -

Data

World Hepatitis Day 2016

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Data

Slogans

Infographic -

Data

Poster for children

Poster

Data

Poster for parents and teachers​

Poster

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Strengthening screening for infectious diseases and vaccination among migrants in Europe: What is needed to close the implementation gaps?

Jan 2021

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Why we need more collaboration in Europe to enhance post-marketing surveillance of vaccines

Dec 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

The civil society monitoring of hepatitis C response related to the WHO 2030 elimination goals in 35 European countries

Nov 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Hepatitis C virus infection in EU/EEA and United Kingdom prisons: opportunities and challenges for action

Nov 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Automated digital reporting of clinical laboratory information to national public health surveillance systems, results of a EU/EEA survey, 2018

Oct 2020

Networks

European Network for Hepatitis B and C Surveillance

European Network for STI Surveillance