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Question: Which of the hepatitides is of major health concern?

Answer:

Hepatitis C. It is estimated that as many as 1 in 10 persons are at risk for this potentially chronic liver disease for which there is currently no cure. Over 50% of people who have served in the U.S. armed forces are positive for hepatitis C, making the illness a priority in the federal health system. In addition to the known sources of risk, at least one third of all infected patients have no known risks for this potentially debilitating illness.

Reference: Reddy KR, Long WB (eds): The Requisites in Gastroenterology: Vol 3: Hepatobiliary Tract and Pancreas. St. Louis, Mosby, 2003.

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