The U.S. prison population is facing a declining yet still sizable number of cases of the hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a new study from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and reported by Today, researchers estimate that 17.4 percent of inmates have been exposed to HCV nationwide. That means about 1.4 million people in the United States with hepatitis C have been in jail or prison during the past year. This is an improvement from a decade ago, when it was estimated that nearly 25 percent of U.S. prisoners had hep C.

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