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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.
Statins may provide favorable outcomes to patients with HBV- or HCV-related cirrhosis

Statins may provide favorable outcomes to patients with HBV- or HCV-related cirrhosis

Latest advances in antibody delivery mediated by rAAV for treatment of chronic and infectious diseases

Latest advances in antibody delivery mediated by rAAV for treatment of chronic and infectious diseases

WHO Global Hepatitis Report reveals goal to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

WHO Global Hepatitis Report reveals goal to eliminate viral hepatitis by 2030

Periodic check-ups are essential to maintain health and longevity of baby boomers

Periodic check-ups are essential to maintain health and longevity of baby boomers

New study reports long-term infectious disease trends in China after SARS outbreak

New study reports long-term infectious disease trends in China after SARS outbreak

Injection drug use linked to increase in immune activation, says researcher

Injection drug use linked to increase in immune activation, says researcher

Scientists solve structure of protein crucial to reproduction and spread of Zika virus

Scientists solve structure of protein crucial to reproduction and spread of Zika virus

FDA grants approval for two drugs to treat hepatitis C virus in children

FDA grants approval for two drugs to treat hepatitis C virus in children

Number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the U.S. projected to decrease through 2030

Number of HIV-positive cancer patients in the U.S. projected to decrease through 2030

Australia has potential to eradicate hepatitis C in 10–15 years, says expert

Australia has potential to eradicate hepatitis C in 10–15 years, says expert

Hepatitis B and C patients more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, study finds

Hepatitis B and C patients more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, study finds

Researchers map key Zika virus protein to accelerate search for cure

Researchers map key Zika virus protein to accelerate search for cure

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