This is an incredible resource that has information about hepatitis C with an interactive map that lists the prevalence of chronic hepatitis C numbers as of 2010. Alan
ATLANTA, April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Today, HepVu launched a new interactive website that visualizes the first standardized state-level estimates of people with past or current Hepatitis C infection across the United States. One of the most critical challenges in our national response to viral hepatitis is limited data to monitor the epidemic locally and nationally. The public health surveillance system for Hepatitis C is not as comprehensive as it is for other infectious diseases, which makes it a challenge to understand the scope of the epidemic. HepVu takes an important step forward toward developing a more complete understanding of the epidemic by mapping state-level data on Hepatitis C mortality and Hepatitis C antibody prevalence estimates generated by Emory University’s Coalition for Applied Modeling for Prevention (CAMP), a project supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Deaths associated with Hepatitis C continue to surpass the total combined number of deaths from 60 other reportable infectious diseases, including HIV, pneumococcal disease, and tuberculosis. The greatest burden of Hepatitis C falls on baby boomers – those born from 1945 to 1965 – many of whom have unknowingly been living with the infection for many years.
Overall, it is estimated that 3.9 million Americans have antibodies to Hepatitis C. Antibodies to HCV indicate past or current HCV infection; some people exposed to Hepatitis C clear the virus from their bodies, but still have antibody evidence of past infection. HepVu.org prevalence estimates are based on the number of people who have this antibody evidence of exposure to Hepatitis C, because this is the most inclusive indicator of the reach of the epidemic and informs public health strategies to address the epidemic.