State health officials see spike in Hepatitis C cases

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is seeing new cases of Hepatitis C among people under 30, a trend that mirrors a similar rise in heroin use among that age group.

The number of Hepatitis C cases reported for people under 30 is almost five times higher than it was roughly a decade ago, rising from 160 cases to 710 during that timespan.

"The trends of hepatitis C in young people and heroin overdoses and deaths are rising," said Sheila Guilfoyle, the viral hepatitis prevention coordinator with the state DHS.


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