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European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. (2019) Hepatitis C - annual epidemiological report for 2017. Solna: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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  • In 2017, 31 273 cases of hepatitis C were reported in 29 EU/EEA Member States. Excluding countries that only reported acute cases, 31 178 cases corresponds to a crude rate of 7.3 cases per 100 000 population.
  • Of the cases reported, 3% were classified as acute, 22% as chronic and 75% as ‘unknown’.
  • Hepatitis C was more commonly reported among men than women, with a male-to-female ratio of 1.6:1. The most affected age group among males was between 35–44 years and for females between 25–34 years.
  • Mode of transmission was reported for 26% of cases. The most commonly reported mode was injecting drug use, which accounted for 44% of cases with complete information on transmission status.
  • The interpretation of hepatitis C notification data across countries remains problematic, with ongoing differences in surveillance systems and difficulties in defining reported cases as acute or chronic. With hepatitis C, a largely asymptomatic disease until the late stages, surveillance based on notification data is challenging, with data reflecting testing practices rather than true occurrence of disease.
Date:April 2019
Pages:9 p.
Publisher:European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Corporate Creators:European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Place of Publication:Solna
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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