“More than half of Americans with hepatitis C are living in just nine U.S. states—five of those in a region hit hard by the opioid epidemic, a new study shows.
The findings offer the latest look at the fallout from the nation’s opioid crisis: It’s feeding new cases of hepatitis C—a serious and potentially fatal liver infection.
Overall, “baby boomers”—Americans born between 1945 and 1965—still account for most cases of chronic hepatitis C. But, researchers said, a generation of young Americans is also being put at risk because of opioid abuse.
The new study is an extension of a CDC report published last month, estimating that over 2 million Americans were living with hepatitis C between 2013 and 2016.
These latest figures show that about 52 percent of those people were living in nine states: California, Texas, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and North Carolina.”
Source MedicalXpress.com – December 21, 2018