Approximately 300 million people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis C virus. Approximately 3.9 million people in the United States have chronic hepatitis C. This represents about 1.8 percent of the population.
The number of hepatitis C cases in the United States has been decreasing since its peak in the 1980s. Currently, there are fewer than 30,000 cases diagnosed each year.
It is estimated that 8,000 to 10,000 people a year die from chronic liver disease caused by hepatitis C.
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