CDC reports cases of Hepatitis C are rising — 4 facts

A recent report by the CDC indicates Hepatitis C is on the rise with researchers devising treatments to combat the disease.

Here are four key facts:

1. The number of cases in Appalachia has increased more than 300 percent in a mere six year period with Virginia notably having a substantial number of cases.

2. Brian van der Linden, MD, a gastroenterologist at LewisGale Medical Center in Salem, Va., states a new drug incites Hepatitis C patients to seek treatment.

3. Dr. van der Linden claims treatments including pills have a 95 to 100 percent clearance rate of Hepatitis C.

4. The rate of infection for those under 30 is highest in the following states:

•    Tennessee
•    Kentucky
•    West Virginia
•    Virginia

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