Hepatitis C Mortality
May 4, 2016 – Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease
Hepatitis C-related deaths are at an all-time high, according to new preliminary surveillance data released today. Additionally, a separate CDC study published online in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases finds that more Americans now die as a result of hepatitis C infection than from 60 other infectious diseases reported to the CDC – including HIV, tuberculosis and pneumococcal disease – combined.
- Press Release: Hepatitis C kills more Americans than any other infectious disease
- Full Report: Rising Mortality Associated With Hepatitis C Virus in the United States, 2003–2013External
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Increasing trend in HCV mortality from 2003-2013
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A new analysis finds that more Americans now die as a result of hepatitis C (HCV) infection than from all other infectious diseases reported to the CDC combined. In 2013, there were 19,368 deaths associated with HCV. This was an increase of 75% from 2003 (11,051 deaths). During the same time period, deaths associated with all other nationally notifiable infectious conditions decreased by 28%, from 24,745 in 2003 to 17,915 in 2013.