Current Hepatitis News



  • November 29, 2011 |

    AASLD: HCV Screening of 1945-1965 Birth Cohort Appears Cost-Effective

    Screening all people in the U.S. in the 46 to 66 year age group for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection would identify more than 800,000 additional cases, and offering testing plus treatment if needed would be cost-effective, according to an analysis presented at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases Liver Meeting (AASLD 2011) this month in San Francisco.
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  • November 29, 2011 | The Bay Area Reporter

    Hep C deaths outpace HIV; new drugs, services for coinfected

    Deaths related to hepatitis C have outpaced those due to HIV/AIDS since 2007, researchers reported at the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases meeting in San Francisco.
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  • November 11, 2011 | Family Practice News

    CDC Poised to Advise Screening Baby Boomers for HCV

    In the United States, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is most prevalent among adults born from 1945 through 1965, and approximately 50% to 75% of infected adults are unaware of their infections. CDC is poised to recommend one-time HCV screening of all baby boomers, which would be in addition to current screening recommendations for injection-drug users and other high-risk populations, as well as those with unexplained alanine aminotransferase (ALT) elevations, among others.
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  • November 10, 2011 | Annals of Internal Medicine

    The Cost-Effectiveness of Birth-Cohort Screening for Hepatitis C Antibody in U.S. Primary Care Settings

    In the United States, hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is most prevalent among adults born from 1945 through 1965, and approximately 50% to 75% of infected adults are unaware of their infections. In this paper, a previously validated simulation model is used to estimate the cost-effectiveness of birth-cohort screening for HCV in the United States. The results can be used to inform ongoing discussions about the suitability of a birth-cohort screening strategy as policy recommendation.
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  • October 31, 2011 | WebMD

    Panel Recommends Hepatitis B Vaccine for Diabetes Patients

    By a 12-2 vote, the ACIP strongly recommended the hepatitis B vaccine for diabetes patients under age 60 who have not been fully vaccinated. It also urged hepatitis vaccination of some older diabetes patients.
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  • October 27, 2011 | Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

    Notes from the Field: Risk Factors for Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among Young Adults --- Massachusetts, 2010

    During 2002--2009, rates of newly diagnosed hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection increased from 65 to 113 cases per 100,000 population among persons aged 15--24 years in Massachusetts. Accordingly, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and CDC interviewed persons aged 18--24 years with HCV infection reported to MDPH during July 1--December 31, 2010, to elicit detailed information regarding demographic, clinical, and risk characteristics.
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  • October 26, 2011 | Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)

    Establishment of a Viral Hepatitis Surveillance System--Pakistan, 2009-2011

    Hepatitis A is thought to infect almost all persons living in Pakistan by age 15 years, and hepatitis E is responsible for sporadic infections and outbreaks. The prevalence of hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is estimated at 2.5% and the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, estimated at 4.8%, is one of the highest rates in the world. Hepatitis surveillance in Pakistan has been syndromic, failing to confirm infection, distinguish among viruses, or collect information on risk factors. To understand the epidemiology of viral hepatitis in Pakistan more clearly, the Ministry of Health (MOH) asked the Pakistan Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP) to establish a hepatitis sentinel surveillance system in five large public hospitals in four provinces and Islamabad Capital Territory. This report describes the implementation of the viral hepatitis surveillance system in Pakistan and summarizes major findings from June 2010 through March 2011.
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  • September 09, 2011 |

    Viral Hepatitis Surveillance – United States, 2009

    The 2009 viral hepatitis surveillance report reflects a novel approach to providing public health partners with a more accurate, comprehensive look into viral hepatitis surveillance and the burden caused by these infections in the United States.
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  • July 29, 2011 |

    White House Commemorates World Hepatitis Day 2011

    Today, I was honored to participate in a special White House event to commemorate the first official World Hepatitis Day. This event was one of many held across the United States and around the world for communities to join together and focus attention on the global health threat of viral hepatitis and promote actions to confront it.
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  • July 28, 2011 | The Lancet

    World Hepatitis Day: a new era for hepatitis control

    In recognition of a public health issue that affects more than half a billion people worldwide, 1 the World Health Assembly has designated July 28 as World Hepatitis Day. 2 Every year, this day will challenge the world to meet the urgent need for prevention and control of viral hepatitis and to ensure the best possible care and treatment for those infected.
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