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Transcript of Hepatitis
An infected person may carry the virus for years even decades and never show symptoms (asymptomatic)
Can eventually lead to cirrhosis of the liver (intense scarring of the liver) leading to liver failure, or liver cancer The liver removes harmful substances from the blood and also makes proteins needed for blood clotting and bile acids that help with fat digestion.
Spread by blood to blood contact (usually drug use, and transfusions, sex, or unsterile medical equipment) Ashley Tierney
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Infection Process Signs
Symptoms Acute Infection (can be resolved by the body’s immune system in 10-50% of cases)
Muscle or joint pain
Weight loss Chronic Infection Approximately 80% of exposed people develop chronic infections
About 10-30% of people develop cirrhosis (more common in males)
Of those that develop cirrhosis the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) increases 20fold
Liver Cirrhosis can lead to accumulation of fluid in the abdomen, easy bruising or bleeding, enlarged veins in stomach and esophagus, jaundice (an excess of bilirubin in the blood causing yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes) Can be treated with medication (peginterferon and ribarvirin with boceprevir or telaprevir added in some cases)
No available vaccine Treatment 50-80% of people can be cured Most common in females Statistics An estimated 3.2 million persons in the United States have chronic Hepatitis C virus infection. Most people do not know they are infected because they don’t look or feel sick. In 2009, there were an estimated 16,000 acute Hepatitis C virus infections reported in the United States. Approximately 15,000 people die every year from Hepatitis C related liver disease. Sources Darius Moradpour, François Penin & Charles M. Rice. Replication of hepatitis C virus.
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