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Hepatitis C

Posted Oct 23 2008 6:19pm

Nearly four million Americans have Hepatitis C, a potentially deadly virus that infects the liver.

Hepatitis_c"Many of them are Baby Boomers who have no idea how they contracted the disease," says Dr. Melissa Palmer, a leading liver specialist who treats hepatitis C in her offices on Long Island. "In many cases hepatitis C remains silent and undiagnosed for decades. Many people getting sick today contracted the virus from the mid-'60s through the '80s, when infection rates skyrocketed."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths due to hepatitis C is expected to triple within the next 10 years. But the virus can be treated.  "We can successfully treat more cases of hepatitis C than ever before," says Dr. Palmer. "In the last five years treatments have improved so we can now eradicate the virus more than 50 percent of the time."

Source: Genetic Engineering News via Newstream.com, October 26, 2005

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