Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Hepatitis C cases increasing in Iran

The number of people infected with Hepatitis C is increasing in Iran and it is estimated that about 0.5 percent of the Iranian population has Hepatitis C virus, which has come to the top of virus-induced liver diseases in many parts of the world. About 40 percent of the drug addicts have Hepatitis C and the number of injecting drug users in the country has grown as well.

The infection is emerging mostly due to the problem of intravenous drug abuse and needle-sharing. Most of the time both Hepatitis B and C develop in single men and those who serve prison sentences. There are more than 100,000 prisoners in Iran serving sentences for drug-related crimes. According to official statistics, there are about 2 million drug addicts in Iran.

Hepatitis C infection is now the most common cause of end-stage liver disease in many countries. Every year, about 1.4 million people experience chronic illness from their infection with hepatitis A, approximately 2 billion suffer from Hepatitis B and around 150 million from Hepatitis C.


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