Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Adolescents and Young Adults -- Massachusetts, 2002-2009

Onofrey, Shauna; Church, Daniel; Kludt, Patricia; DeMaria, Alfred; Cranston, Kevin; Beckett, Geoff A.; Holmberg, Scott D.; Ward, John W.; Holtzman, Deborah
May 2011
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;5/6/2011, Vol. 60 Issue 17, p537
This article discusses the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among adolescents and young adults in Massachusetts from 2002 to 2009. It examines HCV infection as a major cause of liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma in the U.S. It identifies injection drug use (IDU) as the most common risk factor for HCV transmission. The effort to prevent HCV infection among adolesecents is noted.


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