Hepatitis C is spreading, with a 150 percent increase in diagnosed cases
At a briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, experts on the hepatitis C virus said it is spreading, with a 150 percent increase in diagnosed cases in recent years in the United States and some 3.5 million Americans infected with the blood-borne disease.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that deaths from HCV increased from 11,501 in 2003 to 19,659 in 2014, making it the No. 1 infectious disease killer, according to CDC statistics distributed at the briefing.
“Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV),” the CDC literature stated. “Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs.”
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