"The rate of acute Hepatitis C cases in
Tennessee has more than tripled in the last seven years, and the
steadily increasing number of cases may only represent “the tip of the
iceberg” of the state’s Hepatitis-C epidemic, according to TDH
Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH."
NASHVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Department of Health is issuing a
public health advisory urging residents to increase their awareness
about hepatitis C, a life-threatening disease spread by direct contact
with blood from an infected person.
The Knox County Health Department says it’s important to know all the
risk factors. Within the last year there’s been an increase of testing
for the virus at the health department. Director Dr. Martha Buchanan
says her staff will be looking at that data and determining what can be
“The best protection you have is knowledge and knowing what behaviors and what things put you at risk,” said Buchanan.
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