In 2016, a total of 2,967 cases of acute hepatitis C were reported to CDC.Since many people may not have symptoms or don’t know they are infected, their illness is often not diagnosed or reported and therefore can’t be counted.Yes, approximately 15%–25% of people who are infected with the hepatitis C virus clear it from their bodies without treatment and do not develop chronic infection.
Yes, even if a person with hepatitis C has no symptoms, he or she can still spread the hepatitis C virus to others.
Before 1992, hepatitis C was also commonly spread through blood transfusions and organ transplants.
After that, widespread screening of the blood supply in the United States virtually eliminated this source of infection. If you have been infected with the hepatitis C virus and cleared the virus, or if you have been successfully treated and cured, you can be re-infected with the hepatitis C virus.
Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can all cause hepatitis. In the United States, the most common hepatitis viruses are hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, and hepatitis C virus.
Hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C are liver infections caused by three different viruses.