Cases of Hepatitis C -- a blood borne virus that attacks the
liver and is spread via shared drug needles, unsterile tattoos and
other means -- are on the rise. It's a "silent epidemic" waiting to
strike many unsuspecting Baby Boomers and young adults, health officials
warn, because the liver has a long memory. Even if you have forgotten
what you did this past weekend, or in the freewheeling 1970s, your liver
Hoping to stem the tide of premature deaths
from liver-related complications, lawmakers narrowly passed a bill in
recent days that would require doctors to offer screening tests for
patients considered high-risk for Hepatitis C.
It is curable in most cases, but left undetected can lead to cirrhosis of the liver and death.
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Labels: Epidemiology, hepatitis C on the rise, screening bill, Southern Illinois