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Hepatitis C Kills 53 People Every Day

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, an event initiated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2012. The CDC just released Surveillance for Viral Hepatitis – United States, 2013, giving the latest statistics on hepatitis A, B, and C. Here is a summary:

  • 19,368 people died from hepatitis C in 2013. This is 718 more people than in 2012. Another way of looking at this is that in 2012, the average daily death from hepatitis C is 51 people; now it is 53.
  • More than half of all the HCV-related deaths in 2013 occurred among 55 to 64 year olds.
  • There was an increase in the reported number of acute hepatitis C cases. Kentucky has the highest rate at 5.1 per 100,000.  West Virginia followed at 3.1 and Indiana had 2.7.

This report is especially discouraging in light of the fact that hepatitis C is a preventable, curable disease. You can help. Each day in May, I will be posting tips for increasing hepatitis C awareness to my other blog at Hep. Hope you will join in and help us reach the millions of Americans who do not know they have hepatitis C.

 

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