This January, 2012, image depicts Iraqi Field Epidemiology Training Program (IFETP) first cohort resident, Dr. Abbas Mahdi Abbas, posing with all the directors of the primary health care centers in Iraq’s Balad health district, after he’d conducted a workshop on how to use the newly-established viral hepatitis, base surveillance system.
““Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can cause hepatitis. However, hepatitis is most often caused by a virus. In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C.”
For more on viral hepatitis, or the FETP, see the links below.