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Cherokee Nation Lauded for Aggressive Hepatitis C Elimination Program

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The Cherokees, the second largest tribe in the US after the Navajo Nation, operates the largest tribal health care system in the United States. 3 years ago, it started a program to screen 80,000 0f its 350,000 citizens which specifically targeted those 20 to 65 which had a statistically higher chance of having the disease.  More than half of the target group has been screened and more 1,300 citizens tested positive. A 90 percent cure rate has been seen among those who have started treatment with the health care system shouldering the cost of the program.

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