Hepatitis C continues to be a dangerous infectious disease.
In the hepatitis C epidemic across the country, Oregon is No. 1.
Oregon has a higher hepatitis C death rate than any other state, national data published this week show. The state also has a high ratio of people infected with the virus, which can cause cirrhosis and cancer of the liver.
Many don’t know it.
“This is an important public health problem,” said Patrick Sullivan, an epidemiology professor at Emory University in Atlanta. “Half of the folks living with hepatitis C aren’t aware of their infection.”
Sullivan is an author of the hepatitis C study, published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases. It draws on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As part of the study, Emory University is hosting a website comparing viral rates across the country.
More people died in 2013 from hepatitis C in the United States – about 20,000 — than from 60 other infectious diseases combined. That makes hepatitis C the deadliest infection in the country, surpassing HIV, tuberculosis and pneumococcal disease.
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