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13/09/2019 @ 10:32 AM
by The_Guardian_UK

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Almost 100,000 Britons are at risk of dying because they do not know that they have the deadly liver disease hepatitis C, health officials are warning.

An estimated 95,600 people in the UK, mainly drug users, are believed to be suffering from the disease but are unaware of the condition because they have not been diagnosed, said Public Health England (PHE) on Friday.

Steve Mowle, of the Royal College of GPs, said: “It’s extremely concerning to hear that so many people have undiagnosed hepatitis C. It’s a dangerous disease for individual patients and a significant public health risk.”

Nine in 10 people infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) inject recreational drugs such as heroin or have done so, according to a new PHE report on the condition. The virus is spread among drug users by sharing contaminated needles.

Although heroin use by injection is declining, drug users in some parts of England are injecting other substances – such as stimulants, cocaine and crack – PHE has found. “These are associated with more frequent injection, more damage at the injection site and with the spread of viral and bacterial infection,” its report adds. Read more HERE

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