In order to avert a rise in liver disease, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has requested the US population born between 1945 and 1965 to get checked for the hepatitis C virus.
The CDC officials were of the view that they have urging baby boomers to get tested for the virus, as one in five baby boomers have been affected by the virus, but they are not aware of the same. Diagnosis would help them to get treatment on time.
Experts shared some vital information about hepatitis C. They were of the view that the virus affects liver and can even cause cancer. It got further revealed that maximum liver transplants taking place in the US are due to the same reason.
In addition, the CDC has also taken out a set of regulations, which needs to be abided by baby boomers. CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden affirmed that taking test for the virus is not a big procedure; it is just a 5 minutes job.
"A new set of medications is expected to hit the market within a couple of years, which should make the treatment shorter and less burdensome", said Randy Mayer, who supervises the anti-hepatitis efforts of the country.
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