U.S. hepatitis C infections increased by three times in five years

U.S. hepatitis C infections increased by three times in five years

The number of new infections caused by hepatitis C virus in the United States almost tripled between 2010 and 2015, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) underlined in its latest report.

According to the CDC report, new hepatitis C virus infections increased from 850 cases in 2010 to a whopping 2,436 cases in 2015, with the highest rates of infections among young people.

The highest rate of the new infections was found among people in the age group of 20-29 years, who were in the habit of injecting drugs. Overall, nearly 3.5 million people in the nation currently have hepatitis C infection.

Dr. John Ward, who-coauthored the newly-published report, “Recent CDC research has identified increasing injection drug use -- tied to the US opioid epidemic -- in rural and suburban areas across the country.”

The report also revealed that seven states, viz. Indiana, Maine, Kentucky, New Mexico, Massachusetts, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Hepatitis C mainly damages the patient’s liver. The long list of symptoms includes abdominal pain, loss of appetite, fever, joint pain, jaundice, nausea and vomiting.

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