Because many of these infections are unrecognized, viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and liver transplant in Canada.
All viral hepatitis infections are reportable diseases in Canada. Each time a person tests positive for one of these infections the local Health Department is notified and staff follow-up with the doctor and patient.
We provide information on the infection, ways the infection can be spread to others, and offer recommendations on follow up testing and lifestyle changes. We ask you and your doctor questions about where and when you may have been infected. If the infection is recent, sometimes medication is given to close contacts to prevent them from getting infected.
If you think you have been exposed to viral hepatitis or if you have symptoms of hepatitis, see your health care provider or go to the nearest emergency department for assessment. Specific blood tests can be done to see if you have been exposed recently or in the past.
If you have questions or concerns about hepatitis and would like to speak with a public health professional, please call 519-663-5317 ext. 2330.