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Hep C Prevelant In Baby Boomers

Written By: Asha McKenzie
Hep C Prevalent in Baby Boomers

ELMIRA (WENY) -- The Center for Disease Control are urging Baby Boomers to get tested for Hepatitis C.
     According to the CDC, Those who were born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to have Hep-C than other adults.
     The CDC reported that 75 percent of adults infected with Hepatitis C were born in the 20 years span of 1945 to 1965.
     Most boomers became infected with the disease in the 1970s and 80s when the rate of Hep C was at its highest.
     Hepatitis C is spread when the blood of an infected person enters the body of someone who is not infected.
     Some symptoms of Hep C are fatigue, nausea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain and yellowing of the skin.
     But Those who are infected with Hepatitis C can live for decades without any symptoms but will have sever liver damage.
     The CDC says many baby boomers are unknowingly living with the virus they may have contracted many years ago.
     Prior to 1992, blood was not tested before an organ transplant or blood transfusion.
     "Sometimes people don't show symptoms up to thirty years after contracting the disease," said Melissa Klossner, Chemung County Health Department. "A lot of times after that there is liver involvement, Cirrhosis, that kind of thing. I would talk to your provider and seeing what your risk factors are." 
     Health officials say it is important to get tested for Hep C because there could be no indicators.
     If diagnosed, your doctor can provide further information on treatment.