Decrease in the Number of People Living with HCV
March 5, 2014
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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