- 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.