Hepatits C Essay

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Trinia Johnson Trinia1 M. Robertson Biology 2402-C201 April 16, 2015 Hepatitis C Hepatitis C is a virus that affects and attacks the liver. There are 3 different types of hepatitis, A, B, C, D and E, each is all unique. Types A, B, C can be contracted through sex and types D and E are contracted through fecal and poor sanitation, these types are uncommon in the United States. Hepatitis A, B and D can treated by a vaccine that is given, but hepatitis C is a very complexed virus which can be either acute or chronic infection, that causes inflammation of the liver and serious end stage liver diseases with the possibility of developing hepatocellular cancer. Discovered in 1989, Hepatitis C was at that time, the most common blood borne virus in the United States per The Journal of Lancaster General Hospital done by Alexandra L. Gibas, M. D. done in the summer of 2008. The transmission of hepatitis C is normally through infected blood or bodily fluids, such as, the sharing of intravenous drug use in needles which is the most common way. You may also contract the virus by tattoos and body piercing. The virus could also be past to the unborn child through an infected mother. Healthcare workers or emergency workers who work with these infected people are also at risk. Any clotting agency before 1987, blood Trinia2 transfusion and organ transplant before July 1992 was also in consideration for contracting the virus. Per the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, health experts estimate that over 180 million people will have hepatitis c, with more than 4 million cases in the United States. The cause of hepatitis c by the virus which is known as HCV, is a single-strand, small enveloped virus, in common and classified as a Hepacivirus genus within the Flaviviridae family. Due to the complexity, the virus is categorized into

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