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CDC Urges Hepatitis C Testing for All Baby Boomers
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Hospitals and physician practices should perform one-time testing on all “baby-boomers,” patients born after 1944 and before 1966, for life-threatening hepatitis C virus because surveillance samples indicate 45% to 85% of infected people in this age bracket don’t know it, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday. The federal health agency indicates that with this one-time testing, 800,000 asymptomatic infections will be discovered, enabling medical and lifestyle interventions to thwart progression of disease and save more than 120,000 lives.