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The Springfield-Greene County Health Department and the Center for Disease Control, or CDC, are urging baby boomers with risk factors to get tested for Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis virus. Individuals can be effected and not know it, and if the virus goes undetected, it can cause cancer of the liver.
Kendra Findley is the Administrator of Community Health & Epidemiology with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. She says there are certain risk factors that make a person more susceptible to the virus.
“Risk factors include current or former IV drug user. Somebody who through their occupation has blood to blood contact; they could have a blood born exposure. Those who are positive for HIV. Then, baby boomers that have one of those risk factors. If you received a blood transfusion or an organ transplant prior to 1992, you should get tested,” said Findley.
These "baby boomers" are at a higher risk because the CDC did not implement organ and blood testing until 1992.
The CDC estimates that 75% of adults born between 1946 and 1984, are born with a higher risk of contracting Hepatitis C. Findley says 15,000 people die every year due to complications associated with Hepatitis C.
For KSMU News I’m Shannon Bowers