Past or Present Hepatitis C Infection Statistics - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Chronic Hepatitis C Infection Statistics

All reported hepatitis C cases with chronic hepatitis C infection. In 2016, the case definition for chronic hepatitis C incfection was changed to exclude past hepatitis C infections. In addition, a match with Minnesota death records was completed in 2016 and those persons who had died were removed from the registry. The case counts below reflect these changes and are lower than reported in the past.

As of Dec. 31, 2016, there were 35,623* persons who were reported to MDH and are assumed alive and living in Minnesota with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

*Includes persons with unknown city of residence.
Note: Includes all acute, chronic, and probable chronic cases.

Persons Living Chronic HCV in MN by Current Residence, 2016

Total number with residence information = 34,798
(825 missing residence information)

Pie graph showing HCV rates by current residence.

Suburban Metro = Seven-county metro area including Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin (except Minneapolis), Ramsey (except St. Paul), Scott, and Washington counties including those in Hennepin or Ramsey counties with unknown city.
Greater Minnesota = All other counties outside the seven-county metro area.

Persons Living with Chronic HCV in MN by Age, 2016

persons living with HCV in MN by age

Persons Living with Chronic HCV in MN by Race Rates (per 100,000 persons*), 2016

persons living with HCV in MN by race rates

*Rates calculated using 2015 U.S. Census ACS data. Excludes persons with multiple races or unknown race, n=23,385.

Data Limitations

  • The statistics rely on data from HCV cases diagnosed through 2016 and reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Hepatitis Surveillance System.

  • Some limitations of surveillance data:

    • Data do not include hepatitis-infected persons who have not been tested.

    • Data do not include persons whose positive test results have not been reported to MDH.

  • Persons are assumed to be alive unless MDH has knowledge of their death. The most recent match with Minnesota death records was completed in 2016.

  • Persons whose most recently reported state of residence was Minnesota are assumed to be currently residing in Minnesota unless MDH has knowledge of their relocation.

Updated Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 07:53AM