Hepatitis C triples in the Appalachian states due to intravenous drugusage as per CDC reports.

The chances of Hepatitis C has jumped thrice in the four Appalachian states in the instance of hepatitis C. This came up in the study conducted by the US Centers of Diseases Control and Prevention.

The CDC scanned the time zone between 2006 and 2012 and hepatitis C infections were on the rise in rural areas of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. This increased the rate by 364 percent and the incidence of hepatitis C was highest reported in the age group below 30.  The reason that hepatitis C was due to intravenous drug usage that was rampant. In the same time, hospital
admissions for the treatment of opioid dependency jumped from 21.1 percent in the said states. In fact going with the facts and figures, close to 44.8% of the 1,377 fresh instances were reported in the age group below 30. This led to confirmed reports that the incidence was highest in the 30 age group which sees the maximum incidence of hepatitis C.

The main reasons for this were substance use treatment that the natives of these places were subject to. The increase in heroin use in these states matched the national census that talked of first-time heroin use from 90,000 people in 2006 to close to 156,000 in 2012. The latest figures supporting the claims of the study was reported.

The rate of HIV or infection among the young target group who inject drugs in Central Apalachia is quite low as compared to the figures in the four states.  Hepatitis C is the most common infection that is blood-borne and affects close to 3 million people.

The report was published in the May 8 edition of the morbidity and mortality weekly report.


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