June 21, 2011 12:52
Patients with the Hepatitis C virus in Korea increased almost three-fold from 2002 to 2010.
The number of the Hepatitis C patients topped 5,600 as of last year. The 2002 figure only stood at around 1,900, according to the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The health authority warns that the virus is easily transmitted through daily activities, especially sharing the same toothbrush, nail clippers, or razor, and can lead to chronic liver disease, including cancer.
Unlike for Hepatitis A and B, there is no vaccine for the C virus, nor are there any noticeable symptoms in the first phase of the disease, so regular blood tests are recommended.
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