Global epidemiology of hcv infection
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- Berkes, J. & Cotler, S.J. Curr hepatitis rep (2005) 4: 125. doi:10.1007/s11901-005-0027-z
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The prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is estimated to be 3% worldwide. Regional variation is related to differences in risk factors, health care practices, economic issues, and societal norms. In recent years, blood screening programs and improved public awareness have led to a reduction in new cases of HCV in western countries. Despite these advances, new infections continue to occur, particularly in the developing world. An understanding of the global epidemiology of HCV provides the basis for generating public health initiatives to address this growing problem.