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As Opioid Crisis worsens, Increasing Infants and Mothers are Exposed to Hep C

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A growing number of mothers and infants are being exposed to Hepatitis C but fewer than a third are monitored and treated for the virus. Between 2006 and 2014, a 60 percent increase in pregnant women tested positive for Hep C and of the 10,000 infants born each year in Magee-Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, more than 300 infants were born to women with test confirmed cases of Hep C. Most of these infected were more than likely to say that they were struggling with opioids.

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