Rise in Hepatitis C Deaths; Baby Boomers Should Get Their Blood Tested
A rise in deaths from the liver-destroying hepatitis C has been noticed recently. As per the new statistics, most of the Baby Boomers are at risk and thus, they should take special care of themselves.
The Federal health officials are suggesting of getting the blood test done at least once to those born between 1945 and 1965, in order to check if their livers haven the hepatitis C. The main reason behind this is the new data showing two-thirds of people with hepatitis C falling in the age group that was born between 1945 and 1965. Most of the Baby Boomers are not aware that a virus dwelling inside them (since their younger days) has done damages to them over the few decades.
The issue took a new turn since the two drugs hit the market last summer claiming of curing many people than it was ever possible. Moreover, a research published on Monday shocked everyone by saying testing millions of the middle-aged to find those who need the costly treatment would be worth the cost of saving thousands of lives.
“One of every 33 Baby Boomers is living with hepatitis C infection,” said Dr. John Ward, (hepatitis chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). “Most people will be surprised, because it’s a silent epidemic.” Moreover, you can also become infected with the blood-borne virus by sharing a needle while injecting illegal drugs. The virus was commonly spread through blood transfusions before 1992, when testing of blood supply began on wider scale.
The Shocking of all is the fact that about 3.2 million Americans are estimated to be the victims of chronic hepatitis C, but unfortunately half of them are not aware of it. The hepatitis C virus gradually scars the liver further pushing you to cirrhosis or liver cancer. It is to be noticed that this virus is the leading cause of liver transplantation.
On Monday, a CDC study that has analyzed a decade old death records was published. The study has found an increase in death rates from hepatitis C virus. The most shocking is the fact that three-fourth of the hepatitis deaths occurred in the people aged between 45 and 64 years, as per the report by researchers in Annals of Internal Medicine. And it is estimated that the mortality, due to hepatitis C, will continue to grow for the next 10-15 years, unless we do something exceptional.