Cherokee Nation Working to Eliminate Hepatitis C

The Cherokee Nation is on a mission to eliminate Hepatitis C, which officials call an epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the highest increase in Hepatitis C incidence from 2000 to 2013 was among Native Americans.

Dr. Jorge Mera oversees Cherokee Nation Health Services’ infectious diseases division. He said the first step is screening everyone age 20–69 for Hepatitis C, even though two out of three Americans with the disease were born between 1945 and 1965.


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