Key Facts: Hepatitis C

  • Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus.
  • The disease can range in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong condition that can lead to cirrhosis of the liver or liver cancer.
  • The hepatitis C virus is transmitted through contact with the blood of an infected person.
  • About 150 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, and more than 350 000 people die every year from hepatitis C-related liver diseases.
  • Hepatitis C can be treated using antiviral medicines.
  • There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C; however, research in this area is ongoing.

Source: WHO

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