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National Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month Observed in North Dakota

May 15, 2014

This article was reported by Vaccine News Daily.

Vaccine News Daily reported that in observance of National Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month in May, the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDoH) is urging all state residents between ages 50 and 70 to know their hepatitis C virus (HCV) status. Health experts have said that HCV is the leading cause of liver cancer in the United States and that baby boomers, or people born between 1945 and 1965, are five times more likely to have HCV. Experts also estimate that up to 80 percent of infected individuals do not know they have the virus. HCV often does not exhibit symptoms for decades until it has caused severe liver damage. "National Viral Hepatitis Awareness Month is a great opportunity to raise awareness about viral hepatitis," said Sarah Weninger, viral hepatitis prevention coordinator for NDDoH. "Once the infection is identified, treatment options are available," she added.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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