Viral Hepatitis C, 2016
In 2016, 51 cases of acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection (0.9 per 100,000) were reported. In 2012, the case definition for acute hepatitis C changed to include documented asymptomatic seroconversion. Of the 51 cases, 6 (12%) were asymptomatic, laboratory-confirmed acute infection.
Thirty-eight (75%) cases resided in Greater Minnesota. The median age of all cases was 39 years (range, 16 to 67 years). Thirty (59%) cases were female. Race was known for 48 cases; of those, 33 (69%) were white, 13 (27%) were American Indian, and 2 (4%) were black. No cases were known to be of Hispanic ethnicity.
MDH received 1,817 reports of newly identified chronic hepatitis C infections in 2016. In 2016 the case definition for chronic hepatitis C changed to exclude those previously reported. The hepatitis registry was matched with Minnesota death records for the first time in 2016, and deceased persons were removed. A total of 35,623 persons are estimated to be alive and living in Minnesota with chronic HCV infection. The median age of these cases is 57 years.
- For up to date information see>> Hepatitis C
- Full issue>> Annual Summary of Communicable Diseases Reported to the Minnesota Department of Health, 2016