Published in Hepatitis Weekly, July 8th, 2002
Nonetheless, a fourfold increase in people with chronic hepatitis C infection is projected over the next decade, as a result of unsuspected infection from contaminated blood and blood products, occupational exposure, and injection drug use prior to the advent of routine screening in the early 1990s. These chronic infections are now leading to significant increases in cirrhosis, end-stage liver disease, and liver cancer, and are the most common causes of liver transplants.
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