Warning to Scots against hep C as health chiefs vow to eradicate 'silent killer'

RESIDENTS in the west of Scotland at risk of hepatitis C are being urged to get tested against the “silent killer”.

The number of new cases of the infection diagnosed in the Greater Glasgow area have risen in a year by about 5% - from 623 in 2013 to 656 last year.

It is estimated that overall 37,000 people have hep C in Scotland – 20,000 diagnosed and 17,000 undiagnosed.

About 40% of Scottish cases are in the Greater Glasgow area.