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Decrease in the Number of People Living with HCV

March 5, 2014

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John Ward, the CDC’s director of the division of viral hepatitis, said in a telephone interview, “While the total number of U.S. patients may be declining as people die from the disease, the rate of new cases is increasing as younger people — mostly intravenous drug uses — become infected.”

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Hepatitis C Cases Fall 16% in U.S., CDC Survey Finds

By Drew Armstrong March 04, 2014

The number of Americans with hepatitis C fell 16 percent to 2.7 million over almost a decade, a government survey found, just as new, more effective treatments for the chronic liver disease reach the market.

The survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers data gathered from 2003 to 2010. It updates information collected in 1999 to 2002 that counted 3.2 million people as being infected. Hepatitis C can be symptomless for years before it begins to scar the liver, leading to cancer, organ failure and, eventually, a transplant.

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