Latest News: Health officials in the United States are reporting a huge increase in a number of new hepatitis C cases between 2010 and 2015, despite
Latest News: Health officials in the United States are reporting a huge increase in a number of new hepatitis C cases between 2010 and 2015, despite a high cure rate and the treatment being available for the disease. A report released on Thursday by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point to a rise in the use of heroin and other injectable drugs that are said to have fueled the 300 percent increase in cases.
According to the CDC report, the nationally reported rate of hepatitis C in 2015 was 0.8 per 100,000 persons with around 34,000 infections. In that same year, 17states were reported to have exceeded the national average.
Treatment for Hepatitis C including the ones available from Gilead Sciences, AbbVie and others have been reported to have a cure rate of 95 percent but according to the report, around 24 states require sobriety proof to avail treatment through Medicaid. The CDC recommends making clean syringes and formulating preventive laws in order to reduce the number to death related to hepatitis C.
According to Reuter, the report says 18 states have no laws for preventing the dangers.
Use of drugs, toxins, and heavy alcohol lead to inflammation of the liver which is also known as Hepatitis C. It is a contagious disease which can range from mild to severe and can cause fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, abdominal pain, jaundice and other painful symptoms.