Canada: Cape Breton medical officer calls for more hepatitis C screening

About 5,000 Nova Scotians have contracted the infection. In 2013, Cape Breton recorded the second-highest rate of hepatitis C in the province — or about 24 per cent of all hepatitis C cases. 

SYDNEY — Cape Breton’s medical officer of health is encouraging the screening of patients for hepatitis C as a result of staggering rates of the disease.

Dr. Monika Dutt recently offered the advice to close to 60 doctors taking part in a family medicine gathering in Sydney.

“We have rates that are about double what we’re seeing in the rest of the province,” Dutt said in an interview with The Chronicle Herald on Sunday. “It’s something that been increasing over quite a few years now.”

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