hepatitis C

noun

Definition of hepatitis C

: an acute or chronic hepatitis that is caused by a flavivirus (species Hepatitis C virus of the genus Hepacivirus), is often asymptomatic in its early stages but may be marked by fatigue, fever, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal tenderness, and muscle and joint pain, and is usually transmitted by infected blood (such as by injection of an illicit drug, blood transfusion, or exposure to blood or blood products)

Note: The acute or short-term stage of hepatitis C typically progresses to a long-term or chronic infection which often leads to liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer.

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Almost 80 percent of the people in the United States who have hepatitis C infections are baby boomers. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Testing for hepatitis C lags with baby boomers despite high infection rate," 27 Mar. 2018 All of them were related to hepatitis C infections, according to attorneys and relatives of the dead prisoners. Michael Kiefer, USA TODAY, "Arizona death row inmates die from hepatitis C, not lethal injection," 20 Mar. 2018 The move was aimed to help fill the hole left by slowing sales of Gilead’s hepatitis C drugs. Joseph Walker, WSJ, "Roche Executive Daniel O’Day Is Named Gilead CEO," 10 Dec. 2018 Liver cancer deaths have been increasing since the 1970s, and initially most of the increase was tied to hepatitis C infections spread among people who abuse drugs. Mike Stobbe, The Seattle Times, "US cancer death rate hits milestone: 25 years of decline," 8 Jan. 2019 The Exchange Project, which exchanges used syringes and equipment for sterile items and provides additional health care, including rapid HIV and hepatitis C testing, pregnancy testing and more. Terry Demio, Cincinnati.com, "Closing gap between overdose and treatment in Hamilton County to stem relapses, deaths," 6 Feb. 2018 The rate of liver cancer incidence is rising faster than that for any other cancer — a trend the American Cancer Society attributes to the high rate of undiagnosed hepatitis C among baby boomers. Julia Belluz, Vox, "We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor.," 8 Jan. 2019 The decades of research show needle exchanges combat the spread of bloodborne diseases like hepatitis C and HIV, cut down on the number of needles thrown out in public spaces, and link more people to treatment — all without enabling more drug use. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 State officials hope that in addition to eliminating hepatitis C the state will save money through the effort. Agueda Pacheco-flores, The Seattle Times, "Inslee: Erase hepatitis C in Washington by 2030," 28 Sep. 2018

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hepatitis C

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Medical Definition of hepatitis C

: an acute or chronic hepatitis that is caused by a flavivirus (species Hepatitis C virus of the genus Hepacivirus), is often asymptomatic in its early stages but may be marked by fatigue, fever, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal tenderness, and muscle and joint pain, and is usually transmitted by infected blood (as by injection of an illicit drug, blood transfusion, or exposure to blood or blood products)

Note: The acute or short-term stage of hepatitis C typically progresses to a long-term or chronic infection which often leads to liver damage, liver failure, or liver cancer.

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