Month: January 2017

Viral Hepatitis in Colorado

viral-hep-in-co-2015-surveil-reportThe Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) recently released Viral Hepatitis in Colorado: 2015 Surveillance Report, CDPHE’s annual report on the impact of hepatitis A, hepatitis B and hepatitis C on Colorado’s communities.

The report is full of important information and statistics about new cases of viral hepatitis, who’s most impacted and what steps could be taken to eliminate viral hepatitis.  Here are a few key findings:

  • There are an estimated 70,935 Coloradans currently infected with HCV.
  • There are an estimated 16,370 Coloradans currently infected with HBV.
  • Most Colorado children (92.1% in 2015) receive all three doses of HBV vaccine by age 3, ye only 76.4% of newborns received the first dose of vaccine within the first three days of birth as recommended.
  • Mortality due to hepatitis C is increasing in Colorado, particularly among people born between 1945 and 1965.

Eliminating hepatitis B and hepatitis C is feasible if key barriers are addressed.  These include strengthening surveillance, expanding diagnosis, including prison inmates, and improving access to direct-acting antiviral drugs for hepatitis C.

Read the full report (and past reports) at the CDPHE Viral Hepatitis Data Page.