Hepatitis C Virus Infection Among Women Giving Birth - Tennessee and United States 2009-2014

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A new study published by the CDC found that maternal hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections doubled during 2009-2014. Adjusted analyses of Tennessee births found that residence in a rural county was associated with a more than threefold increase in the odds of maternal HCV infection. Smoking during pregnancy and concurrent hepatitis B virus infection imparted fourfold and nearly 17-fold increased odds of maternal HCV infection, respectively. Screening for HCV infection in women of childbearing age and provision of treatment services might reduce perinatal transmission of HCV, and monitoring of HCV-exposed infants can aid in early identification of HCV infection and related liver disease.


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