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Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus that infects the liver, where it causes significant inflammation, damage and disruption of normal liver function. According to estimates by the World Health Organization, around 3 to 4 million people worldwide are infected with hepatitis C every year.

The hepatitis C virus is usually transmitted through contact with the blood of an infected individual and, most commonly, people catch it through sharing contaminated needles when injecting illegal drugs.

Hepatitis C infection is categorized into an acute and a chronic stage. The acute phase describes the first 6 months of infection when there are not necessarily any symptoms. Around one quarter of people manage to clear the infection during this stage before disease progresses to the chronic stage.

People who go on to develop chronic hepatitis C may develop jaundice which turns the skin and whites of the eyes yellow. This is caused by the build-up of a yellow-colored substance in the blood called bilirubin that would usually be broken down by the liver if it was healthy. Chronic infection may eventually cause fibrosis and scarring (cirrhosis) of the liver, liver cancer or end stage liver failure.

Hepatitis C can be treated with antiviral medications that that are designed to disrupt the multiplication of virus particles inside the body and prevent liver damage.
Statin drugs may offer treatment option for chronic liver disease

Statin drugs may offer treatment option for chronic liver disease

Northumbria University uses G:BOX Chemi XX6 multi-application imager in biomedical research

Northumbria University uses G:BOX Chemi XX6 multi-application imager in biomedical research

Study shows how mutations allow HCV to elude immune responses and vaccines

Study shows how mutations allow HCV to elude immune responses and vaccines

Newer, more effective medications increase number of patients achieving HCV cure

Newer, more effective medications increase number of patients achieving HCV cure

Study underscores need to increase awareness for HCV testing among baby boomers

Study underscores need to increase awareness for HCV testing among baby boomers

SBP researchers identify new regulator of innate immune response to foreign invaders

SBP researchers identify new regulator of innate immune response to foreign invaders

Cancer mortality rates vary among major Hispanic ethnic groups

Cancer mortality rates vary among major Hispanic ethnic groups

New study proves that 'super-boosting' approach may help treat children co-infected with TB and HIV

New study proves that 'super-boosting' approach may help treat children co-infected with TB and HIV

Review shows lipid nanoparticles as highly promising delivery systems in gene therapy

Review shows lipid nanoparticles as highly promising delivery systems in gene therapy

Scientists discover critical role of biological molecule in protecting against infection

Scientists discover critical role of biological molecule in protecting against infection

Quest Diagnostics introduces new HBV test service to help evaluate patient’s response to drug therapies

Quest Diagnostics introduces new HBV test service to help evaluate patient’s response to drug therapies

A test to evaluate Hepatitis B therapy launched by Quest Diagnostics

A test to evaluate Hepatitis B therapy launched by Quest Diagnostics

MGH-developed CTC-iChip with digital PCR assay improves detection of early-stage liver cancer

MGH-developed CTC-iChip with digital PCR assay improves detection of early-stage liver cancer

Fraunhofer scientists develop new method to irradiate pathogens using low-energy-electrons

Fraunhofer scientists develop new method to irradiate pathogens using low-energy-electrons

Georgia State University, GeoVax join forces to advance development of Hepatitis B therapeutic vaccine

Georgia State University, GeoVax join forces to advance development of Hepatitis B therapeutic vaccine

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Could pathogen infection really lead to Alzheimer’s?

Research findings could lead to development of novel therapeutic approaches against viral infections

Research findings could lead to development of novel therapeutic approaches against viral infections

New report reveals 25% drop in overall cancer death rate in the U.S.

New report reveals 25% drop in overall cancer death rate in the U.S.

Study identifies factors linked to disengagement from treatment for opioid use disorder

Study identifies factors linked to disengagement from treatment for opioid use disorder

Study examines how ApoE gene may function differently in infectious environment

Study examines how ApoE gene may function differently in infectious environment