Hepatitis C Kills More Americans Than Any Other Infectious Disease

May 13, 2016

Hepatitis C-related deaths are at an all-time high, according to new preliminary surveillance data released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and a separate CDC study published online today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases finds that more Americans now die as a result of hepatitis C infection than from 60 other infectious diseases reported to the CDC – including HIV, tuberculosis and pneumococcal disease – combined.
While most people who die due to hepatitis C have been living with the infection for many years – often unknowingly – new hepatitis C infections are also on the rise, mainly among young people who inject drugs.

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