May 4, 2016
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released 2014 viral hepatitis surveillance data. This report highlights the alarming death toll of hepatitis C in the United States, the rise in new hepatitis C infections, and the continued public health problem of chronic hepatitis B.
Key findings include:
- Deaths associated with hepatitis C in the U.S. reached an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014. Because data is from death certificates, which often underreport hepatitis C, the number of deaths is likely much higher. A separate CDC study published online today in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases finds that more Americans now die as a result of hepatitis C infection than from 60 other infectious diseases reported to CDC, including HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, combined.
- An estimated 30,500 new hepatitis C infections occurred in 2014. New hepatitis C cases are predominately among young persons who have a history of injection drug use.
- An estimated 19,200 new hepatitis B infections occurred in 2014. Over half of chronic hepatitis B infections and disproportionate numbers of hepatitis B deaths were among Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
This report is further evidence that funding and leadership is needed to eliminate hepatitis B and C in the United States. NVHR reiterates our call for the nation’s leaders to take swift action to stop needless deaths and suffering.
The Surveillance of Viral Hepatitis – United States, 2014 (Summary) is available here.Share This Page