Hep­ati­tis C

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Hep­ati­tis C is dif­fer­ent from hep­ati­tis B in that the virus more fre­quently stays in the body for longer than six months, and there­fore be­comes chronic. Four out of five peo­ple de­velop a chronic in­fec­tion, which may cause cir­rho­sis and liver can­cer af­ter 15–30 years. There are ap­prox­i­mately 170 mil­lion peo­ple chron­i­cally in­fected with hep­ati­tis C world­wide. In 2000, the WHO es­ti­mated that be­tween three and four mil­lion peo­ple are newly in­fected ev­ery year. Hep­ati­tis C is mainly spread through blood-to-blood con­tact and, sim­i­larly to hep­ati­tis B, there are of­ten no symp­toms but if they are present can in­clude: • Flu-like symp­toms • Fa­tigue • Nau­sea • Aching mus­cles and joints • Anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion • Poor con­cen­tra­tion • Stom­ach ache • Loss of ap­petite • Dark urine/bright stools

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