CDC Viral Hepatitis Updates
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month: Learn the ABCs of Viral Hepatitis
In the United States, the most common types of viral hepatitis are hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. While each can produce similar symptoms, each hepatitis virus affects the liver differently, has different routes of transmission, and has different populations that are commonly affected.
MMWR: Identification and Clinical Management of Persons with Chronic Hepatitis C Virus Infection — Cherokee Nation, 2012–2015
Beginning in October 2012, Cherokee Nation Health Services (CNHS) implemented measures to improve HCV testing and care among the AI/AN population in northeastern Oklahoma. During October 2012–July 2015, the percentage of all persons tested for the first time increased fivefold. HCV treatment was initiated for more than half of the approximately 400 patients identified with chronic HCV infection, 90% of whom completed treatment and were cured.
MMWR: Birth Cohort Testing for Hepatitis C Virus — Indian Health Service 2012–2015
In June 2012, the Indian Health Service (IHS) implemented national recommendations for one-time HCV testing in the birth cohort. During 2012–2015 HCV testing coverage in the American Indian/Alaska Native birth cohort increased from 7.9% to 32.5% in IHS facilities serving largely remote and rural populations across 35 states. Testing coverage in individual IHS facilities ranged from 1.9% to 75.1%; the largest increase occurred among facilities that deployed an electronic clinical decision support tool for HCV testing.
White House 2016 National Hepatitis Testing Day Event via Live Webcast on May 19th
Next Thursday May 19th, the White House will host a National Hepatitis Testing Day observance, and you can watch the event live. It will be webcast live at www.WhiteHouse.gov/LIVE from 10:00–12:30 p.m. EDT. The event underscores the administration’s commitment to advancing the fight against viral hepatitis infections in the United States. It is co-hosted by White House Offices of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and National AIDS Policy (ONAP) and coordinated with the support of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy in HHS. The theme of the event is “Responding to Viral Hepatitis in the United States.” It will feature presentations from a number of the federal government leaders in the response to viral hepatitis. Partners from state and community groups will also share their perspectives on key issues facing our country.
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