Local Hepatitis C cases hit all-time high

CHILLICOTHE (Ohio) – A dangerous viral infection saw a dramatic spike in cases in Ross County during 2014, according to year-end numbers from the Ross County Health District.

Hepatitis C cases in the county jumped from 153 in 2013 to 234 last year – an increase of 53 percent and an all-time high locally.

“This is easily the highest number of cases ever reported to us,” said Kathy Wakefield, director of Public Health Nursing at the Ross County Health District. “It’s very concerning, especially considering how big of an increase it was in just one year.”


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