Public health and hepatitis C.

  title={Public health and hepatitis C.},
  author={David M. Patrick and Jane A Buxton and Mark Bigham and Richard Gordon Mathias},
  journal={Canadian journal of public health = Revue canadienne de sante publique},
  volume={91 Suppl 1},
          S18-21, S19-23
This paper reviews key public health aspects related to surveillance, transmission and primary prevention of hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is now a reportable disease in all Canadian provinces and territories. Although prevalence in Canada is estimated at under 1%, that associated with injection drug use (IDU) approaches 90%. The epidemiology of new HCV infections in Canada is now primarily defined by IDU behaviour, with annual incidence rates among new drug injectors exceeding 25%. HCV is less… CONTINUE READING

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