ATLANTA (WKOW) -- Health officials are calling for all baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released
draft recommendations urging all baby boomers to get a one-time blood
test for the liver disease. That's everyone born from 1945 to 1965.
The hepatitis C virus is most commonly spread through sharing
needles to inject drugs. Before 1992, it was also spread through blood
The CDC says more than 2 million baby boomers are infected. They
account for more than three-quarters of all Americans living with the
virus. The virus can take decades to cause damage and many people don't
know they are infected.
The testing recommendation is expected to become final later this year.
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