The heroin epi­demic is driv­ing up hep­ati­tis C in­fec­tions, with the big­gest in­crease in peo­ple in their 20s, the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion re­ported last week.

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The num­ber of new in­fec­tions nearly tripled in five years, to about 2,400 in 2015. The num­bers could be higher. The virus is spread by shar­ing nee­dles to in­ject drugs, and the in­crease co­in­cided with a surge in heroin use. Most peo­ple don’t get sick for many years, so they aren’t tested and don’t know they are in­fected. The CDC es­ti­mates that the num­ber of in­fec­tions in 2015 was 34,000, or twice as many as in 2010. The big­gest jump in new in­fec­tions is in peo­ple ages 20 to 29.

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