Hepatitis C hospitalizations and deaths on the rise in Rhode Island

Category: News | Posted on: August 11th, 2016

By Lynn Arditi, Providence Journal staff writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island health officials report a significant increase in hospitalizations and deaths during the last decade related to the hepatitis C virus, and are urging baby boomers and others in high-risk groups to be tested.

Hepatitis C (HCV) is the most common blood-borne infection in the country, with some 3.2 million Americans — including an estimated 16,600 to 22,660 Rhode Islanders — infected.

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