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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.

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