Global epidemiology and burden of hepatitis C

W. Ray Kim

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Despite rapid progress in our knowledge of hepatitis C virology and pathogenesis, little is known about the current and future burden of this infection throughout the world. Prevalence and population-based studies have suggested that complications of the liver disease associated with chronic hepatitis C infection may potentially require substantial health care resources and generate very high costs for medical systems in the United States, Europe and worldwide. Careful understanding and assessment of hepatitis C health and economic burdens are likely to guide better programs for the management of infected individuals and the prevention of complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1219-1225
Number of pages7
JournalMicrobes and Infection
Issue number12
StatePublished - Oct 2002


  • Epidemiology
  • Health care costs
  • Hepatitis C
  • Morbidity
  • Mortality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases


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