Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a blood-borne virus. Today, most people become infected with the Hepatitis C virus by sharing needles or other equipment to inject drugs. For some people, hepatitis C is a short-term illness but for 70%–85% of people who become infected with Hepatitis C, it becomes a long-term, chronic infection. Chronic Hepatitis C is a serious disease than can result in long-term health problems, even death. The majority of infected persons might not be aware of their infection because they are not clinically ill. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. The best way to prevent Hepatitis C is by avoiding behaviors that can spread the disease, especially injecting drugs.
Hepatitis C is monitored to prevent and control outbreaks.
In 2020, the rate per 100,000 of Hepatitis C, Chronic (Including Perinatal) in Alachua County was 82.1 compared to Florida at 63. The line graph shows change over time when there are at least three years of data.
Alachua County is in the third quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, there are less Hepatitis C, Chronic (Including Perinatal) in about one half of the counties, and more in about one quarter of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. When fewer than 51 counties have data or zero values, no quartile map will be presented.Links: Healthy People 2030|Other Resource
Hepatitis C, Chronic (Including Perinatal), Rate Per 100,000 Population, 2020
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Hepatitis C, Chronic (Including Perinatal), Rate Per 100,000 Population, Single Year