KY becomes first state in nation to require Hepatitis C testing

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KY becomes first state in nation to require Hepatitis C testing

Pregnant women in Kentucky will now be tested for the hepatitis C virus.

Kentucky has become the first state in the nation to require that pregnant women be tested for the hepatitis C virus.

The disease can easily spread from mother to child, so starting this month, pregnant women in Kentucky must be screened.

Brittany Gensheimer is about to have her first child – a girl. Like most new moms-to-be, she has one main concern. “Definitely want a healthy baby. That’s the main thing,” she said.

To increase the chances for a healthy baby, Kentucky doctors now must test their pregnant patients for the hepatitis C virus.

“We have seen an uptick in the number of Hepatitis C cases in the state,” said Dr. Nicholas Ryan, an OB/GYN with Norton Healthcare

Read on: KY becomes first state in nation to require Hepatitis C testing – WDRB 41 Louisville News

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