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U.S. Hepatitis C Incidence Dropped 10-fold Over 2 Decades

The incidence of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the U.S. has decreased dramatically over the past 25 years, falling from 7 to 0.7 cases per 100,000 people, according to a CDC study published in the February 14, 2011, Archives of Internal Medicine. In recent years nearly half of all new infections were attributable to injection drug use, but about a third had no identifiable risk factor.

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HIV/HCV Coinfection, but Not HIV Alone, Raises Risk of Liver-related Death

HIV positive people coinfected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) had an elevated mortality rate compared with the general population in Spain, but this was not the case for individuals with HIV alone, according to a study presented at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) last month in Vienna.

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CDC Reports Dramatic Declines in New Cases of Hepatitis A, B, and C

Hepatitis B and C have become growing public health concerns in recent years, as people infected decades ago begin to develop complications of chronic liver disease, including cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. But the rates of new hepatitis A, B, and C infections have decreased dramatically over the past 10-15 years, according to a new surveillance study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), published in the March 16, 2007 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

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