March 20, 2014
This article was reported by Family Practice News.
Family Practice News reported that Kentucky has the highest rate of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in the nation, according to CDC. The state recorded 3.2 HCV cases per 100,000 individuals. Among the 42 states that reported to CDC's National Notifiable Disease Surveillance System, the average rate of acute HCV infection was 0.4 cases per 100,000. CDC reported that based on reports from 2011, the latest year for which data are available, Kentucky reported 142 HCV cases, which was 58 more than Indiana -- the state with the second-highest number of cases. The US total of 1,229 cases in 2011 denotes a 44-percent increase from 2010 totals, but CDC noted that most HCV cases remain unreported. After adjusting numbers for asymptomatic infections and this underreporting, CDC estimated that 16,500 new HCV infections occurred in 2011.