CDC Viral Hepatitis Updates
A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C
The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies) published a consensus report, A National Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis B and C. CDC is a co-sponsor of the report. The National Academies’ committee recommendations include and support many of CDC’s priorities for viral hepatitis prevention:
- Decrease deaths by improving testing and access to treatment for people living with hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- Reduce spread of hepatitis B and hepatitis C associated with drug use and other common routes
- Prevent perinatal transmission (from mother to child) of hepatitis B and hepatitis C
- Accelerate progress through prevention research, technical assistance, and partner engagement
CDC is a) developing new vaccination recommendations, b) undertaking efforts to strengthen core surveillance in key states with high hepatitis B and hepatitis C incidence, c) assisting syringe services programs, and, d) partnering with state/local health departments to expand testing in settings serving populations experiencing viral hepatitis-related health disparities.
Information for Healthcare Personnel Potentially Exposed to Hepatitis C Virus (HCV): Recommended Testing and Follow-up
Exposure to viral hepatitis has long been recognized as an occupational risk for healthcare personnel, with recommendations previously established for the management of occupational exposures to hepatitis C virus (HCV). This notice, which is based on current laboratory guidance, updates the 2001 HCV testing algorithm for healthcare personnel.
New Know Hepatitis B Factsheets in African Languages
Two factsheets, Hepatitis B: Are You At Risk? and When Someone in the Family has Hepatitis B, are now available in Amharic, Arabic, and French.