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Health Protection Surveillance Centre. (2019) Annual Epidemiological Report (provisional). Hepatitis C in Ireland, 2018. HPSC.

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Most hepatitis C infections in Ireland are acquired through sharing equipment when injecting drugs.


Risk factors p.5

Information on most likely risk factor was reported for 43% (n=251) of the cases of hepatitis C notified in 2018. Just under two thirds (64%, n=160) of these were people who inject drugs (PWID). Snorting cocaine was reported as the most likely risk factor for infection for a further two cases. The proportion of cases of hepatitis C attributed to injecting drug use has decreased in recent years (82% between 2007 and 2014, 75% in 2015, 66% from 2016 to 2018). However, this trend should be interpreted with caution as risk factor data were available for less than half of cases notified over the past four years

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Opioid
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
10 p.
Corporate Creators
Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)
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