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01.22.18

Crossing the placental barrier: Infected Moms-to-be transmit Hep C

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Wisconsin has seen a doubling of women on Medicaid with hepatitis C infection in pregnancy which resulted in an increase of babies being afflicted with the liver disease.  This rapid rise of cases is attributed to the needle-sharing practices of a rising number of people addicted to opiates.

CDC estimates a 6 percent mother-to-child transmission rate nationwide which underscores the need for testing of pregnant women for the disease and an intensive education campaign to increase awareness of the disease among this population.

For more information, see https://www.drugs.com/news/tiny-opioid-victims-addicted-moms-transmit-hepatitis-c-67525.html

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