Health officials are urging at-risk people to get tested for Hepatitis C.
Health officials are urging people in two at-risk groups to get tested for Hepatitis C, a blood borne disease that can cause liver failure if untreated.
The most recent Wisconsin Department of Health Services statistics show an increase in newly reported cases of the disease in all regions of the state.
The statistics show a spike in two at-risk age groups: young adults who have used injection drugs, and baby boomers.
“Certainly if you fall into one of the groups, we definitely do recommend that you get tested,” said Rebecca Mroczenski, an epidemiologist with the Marathon County Health Department. “Locally and statewide and even nationally there’s an increase in injection drug use. The disease can be spread by sharing needles.”
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