Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Who Is Affected by Hepatitis C?
It is not always clear how a person becomes infected with hepatitis C. But it is estimated that:1
- At least 3 out of 4 people (75%) who get hepatitis C are those who have been repeatedly exposed to infected blood. These include injection drug users, people with hemophilia who were treated with blood clotting factors before 1987, and people who received blood transfusions before 1992.
- Between 10% and 20% of people who have received hemodialysis for kidney problems are infected with hepatitis C.
- Between 1% and 10% of people with chronic hepatitis C are infected because of high-risk sexual behavior.
- About 1% of people, such as health care workers, become infected through accidental exposure to infected blood.
- American Academy of Pediatrics (2009). Hepatitis C. In LK Pickering et al., eds., Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, 28th ed., pp. 357–360. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.
- O'Leary JG, Davis GL (2010). Hepatitis C. In M Feldman et al., eds., Sleisenger and Fordtran's Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, 9th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1313–1335. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
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