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Universal HCV testing led to an increase in the number of pregnant women and infants diagnosed in a timely manner.
Viral hepatitis is linked to adverse outcomes in pregnant people, underscoring the need for hepatitis B and C screening.
Pregnant people at highest risk for hepatitis C were white, American Indian or Alaska Natives and lived in the Northeast or Appalachia.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists advises screening during each pregnancy.
Though usually safe, pregnant women who had liver transplants have a higher risk of some maternal and fetal complications.
Despite new guidelines, too few infants born to mothers with hepatitis C were screened for the virus.
A new study analyzed how non-alcoholic fatty liver disease affects maternal health outcomes.
Researchers are seeking to understand why only 5% of babies born to mothers with hep C become infected.
Updated recommendation includes testing for pregnant women during each pregnancy.
The CDC calls for everyone to be tested and for all pregnant women to be tested during every pregnancy.
Just under 1% of pregnant women in the state overall up to 2% in central and western New York have hep C antibodies.
Chinese researchers studied 81 women with chronic hepatitis B who began taking Viread before pregnancy.
Wider screening would prevent liver cirrhosis, liver cancer and the need for liver transplants.
A large Canadian study found that just 2% of such women developed more severe cirrhosis within one year of delivery.
The CDC has called for treatment of opioid use disorder to include screening for hepatitis C and referral to care and treatment.
More than 20 million people worldwide contract the virus every year, which can be passed from animals to humans.
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