"About 80 percent of the people who die from hepatitis C in Oregon are between 45 to 64 years old."
When it comes to viral infections in Oregon, hepatitis C is far deadlier than AIDS.
A report out this week
shows that infections from hepatitis C remained fairly stable in Oregon
between 2009 and 2013 but deaths from the virus climbed steadily over
that period. They're now six times higher than deaths from AIDS.
"There are 5,000 people living with HIV in our state," said Dr. Ann
Thomas, a public health physician. "There are almost 10 times as many
people living with hepatitis C."
Labels: Epidemiology, mortality statistics, Oregon