Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus:
the virus can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness.
The hepatitis C virus is a blood borne virus and the most common modes of infection are through exposure to small quantities of blood.
This may happen through injection drug use, unsafe injection practices, unsafe health care, and the transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products.
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Hepatitis C in Egypt
An estimate of 71 million people are infected with Hep C worldwide loosing around 400,000 people a year at a rate of 1 person dying every 45 second.
Hepatitis C is found all over the world. The most affected regions are Africa, Central and East Asia.
See the estimated prevalence in the African Hepatitis C map.