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CDC Estimates Nearly 2.4 Million Americans Living with Hepatitis C – November 6, 2018
Nearly 2.4 million Americans – 1 percent of the adult population – were living with hepatitis C from 2013 through 2016, according to new CDC estimates. Data highlight urgent need to diagnose and cure more Americans and address rising infections due to opioid crisis.
- Millions in the US have hepatitis and thousands more are infected each year.
- Chronic hepatitis B and C can cause liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer and even death.
- Baby boomers (i.e. those born from 1945-1965) account for the majority of those living with chronic hepatitis C in the US; CDC recommends all receive testing.
Carolyn Wester, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Viral Hepatitis
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