July 27, 2016
Women of childbearing age in Kentucky and nationally had increased rates of hepatitis C virus detection between 2011 and 2014, according to new data published in MMWR. The rate of children born to mothers with the infection also increased, indicating potential increased risk for mother-to-child transmission.
“All pregnant women should be assessed for hepatitis C risk factors and those at risk should be tested,” Alaya Koneru, MPH, epidemiologist at the CDC, told Infectious Disease News. “The fact that these data show both an increase in hepatitis C among women of childbearing age and an increase in infants born to women diagnosed with hepatitis C indicates that a new generation may be a risk for this serious but preventable disease.”