Canada: Hepatitis C common in our community

The Cape Breton District Health Authority has seen an increase in the number of hepatitis C cases over the last number of years.

In 2013, the district had 24 per cent of all hepatitis C cases in the province. This translates into approximately five new cases of hepatitis C being diagnosed every month in the district.

The World Health Organization has deemed hepatitis C a “viral time bomb” given that 2-3 per cent of the world’s population (123-170 million people) is infected with this virus.

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