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New Jersey: Egg Harbor Township Clinic on Cutting Edge of Hepatitis C Treatments

March 26, 2013

Atlantic Gastroenterology Associates, a clinic in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., is one of 20 clinics involved in research, testing new treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. Traditionally, the disease affected at-risk groups such as injection-drug users and those who had unsafe sex; but now, according to CDC, approximately 75 percent of HCV cases are baby boomers due to the lack of testing for the virus in blood before 1992 and to previous risky behavior. HCV cases have increased in New Jersey with 7,000 people diagnosed every year. New cases of HCV have tripled between 2001 and 2011 in Atlantic County; Cumberland County had an increase of 454 percent to 338 in 2011, and Cape May County cases increased 580 percent.

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