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Baby Boomers at increased risk for Hepatitis C

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- If you are one of tens of millions of baby boomers, you are at increased risk of a serious illness.

The Centers for Disease Control says 75 percent of all Hepatitis C cases occur in baby boomers born after World War II.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by a virus, and can do damage in the body for years without being detected. It kills between eight and ten thousand people a year in the U.S.
The disease is spread mainly by contact with contaminated blood, and most commonly when IV drug users share needles. It can also be contracted sexually.

Now, the government says everyone born between 1945 and 1965 should be screened for Hepatitis C. They also recommend screening for all intravenous drug users and for everyone who had a blood transfusion before 1992.
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