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Oklahoma has highest rate of hepatitis C infections, deaths

By Meg Wingerter Staff Writer mwingerter@oklahoman.comOklahoma City — If you put 100 people representing the breadth of Oklahoma's population in a room, the odds are good that two of them have hepatitis C — and may not know it. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Wednesday showed Oklahoma had the highest rates of deaths from complications of the virus and of people living with hepatitis C infections, other than the District of Columbia. And new infections aren't likely to stop until more people know that they have the virus and get treatment, health officials said. Out of every 100,000 Oklahomans, an estimated 1,820 have hepatitis C, and 14 died of complications such as cirrhosis or liver cancer in 2016, according to the CDC.


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