Millions unaware they have hepatitis C - PakTribune
- Millions unaware they have hepatitis C
Friday July 11, 2003 (1220 PST)
ISLAMABAD, July 12 (Online): Millions of people have been unknowingly infected with hepatitis C, some of them from contaminated blood during transfusions, according to health officials.
"We know that many people are infected with hepatitis C and are unaware that they have the disease," said newly appointed US Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.
"Unfortunately, many of them cannot be readily identified because the disease does not cause symptoms until it is far advanced."
"Many with hepatitis C virus have no reason to believe they are infected," researchers say. "Many of those at high risk are average people -- middle-aged housewives who had a cesarean section delivery, young adults who had transfusions as high-risk babies or middle-aged men who served in Vietnam."
It is believed that millions are infected with hepatitis C by transfusions.
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