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CDC Reports that new cases of Hepatitis C increased by 22% in 2016

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Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the 2016 Surveillance Report for Viral Hepatitis. The report states that new cases of hepatitis C actually reported to the CDC rose from 2,436 in 2015 to 2,967 in 2016, and the estimated number of new infections increased from 33,900 in 2015 to 41,200 in 2016.

This rise in infections is largely attributed to sharing contaminated needles and other supplies during illicit injection drug use that is at the center of this Nation’s opioid epidemic.

The complete 2016 CDC Viral Hepatitis Surveillance report can be found here. 

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