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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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 Officials said many patients also showed signs of hepatitis C infection, which makes their condition more serious. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Hepatitis A outbreak in Massachusetts kills 1, sickens 64 others," 25 Sep. 2018 Gilead, the maker of hepatitis C drugs that can cost more than $80,000 per treatment and therefore might be ripe for a price cut, is up 17.2%. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Pfizer doesn't deserve any credit for 'rolling back' its price increases at Trump's demand. Here's why," 11 July 2018 Since late 2013, new hepatitis C drugs with a success rate of more than 95 percent have become available. Washington Post, "State Prisons Fail To Offer Cure To 144,000 Inmates With Deadly Hepatitis C," 9 July 2018 Like hepatitis B, hepatitis C has no connection to food. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "Hepatitis outbreaks: 10 things to know about the liver disease," 15 June 2018 And those pioneering hepatitis C drugs also debuted with an $84,000 price tag. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The blockbuster fight over this obscure federal program explains America’s drug prices," 11 May 2018 Gilead Sciences fell 7 percent Wednesday after its hepatitis C drug sales weakened in the first quarter, dragging down the health sector. Fox News, "Markets Right Now: Wall Street opening slightly lower," 2 May 2018 Treatments including blood transfusions infected thousands of patients with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s. James Freeman, WSJ, "Yet Another Reason to Thank the Founding Fathers," 3 July 2018

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hepatitis C

noun
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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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