CDC and partners ensure rapid and coordinated surveillance, detection, and response to hepatitis outbreaks.
Hepatitis in young persons who inject drugs (PWID)
The highest reported incidence of acute hepatitis C in the United States is now among persons aged 20–29 years. In recent years, there has been an emerging HCV epidemic among young PWID, particularly in rural and suburban settings. Further reading.
Upon consultation CDC can provide assistance to health departments during investigation, and share best practices based on many states’ previous experiences with issues such as: infection control breaches previously associated with transmissions in specific settings and observation recommendations, guidance for notification messages including specific populations to screen and guidance on laboratory testing and molecular genetic investigation.