It’s Hepatitis C according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention!
Hepatitis C’s deadliness comes in part from its asymptomatic nature. You can have it for years and not know until you experience cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer or varicose veins in your esophagus and gastric walls that can swell, burst and kill you—fun!
Plus if you have Hepatitis C and a drinking problem or HIV, then your chances of dying quadruple. If you have Hepatitis C and B, your chance of dying from liver failure goes up 30-fold.
So it’s no wonder that in 2007, health centers reported 15,000 Hep C-related deaths compared to 12,700 HIV-related deaths to the National Center for Health Statistics. Although there’s no vaccine against Hepatitis C, it’s easy enough to avoid it, so it makes one wonder why the cases of death have increased by such magnitude as to surpass death by AIDS.
Where’s Quincy MD when you need him?