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Hepatitis C Virus Infection In Children see photo
Hepatitis C virus is the most common, chronic, blood-borne infection in the United States. An estimated 2.7 million people in the U.S. are infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), and most of them don't even know they are infected. Most people who get hepatitis C have the virus for the rest of their lives.

Hepatitis C can be very serious for some people, but less serious for others. Fifty to eighty percent of people infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) will develop chronic hepatitis. Chronic HCV infection is responsible for 10,000 deaths every year in the United States, and is the most common reason for liver transplantation in this country.

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Hepatitis C is a single-stranded RNA virus in the Flavovirus family. When the liver is infected with this virus, it becomes inflamed, tender, and swollen. Hepatitis C is the only one of the 6 different forms (genotypes) of viral hepatitis that causes the liver to be inflamed. Chronic HCV infection may destroy patches of liver tissue - a process called cirrhosis.

HCV can also infect children. About 5 out of every 100 infants who are born to HCV infected mothers become infected. HCV is transmitted by exposure to infected blood, fluids from serum, and body fluids that are contaminated with blood. Children can be infected by an HCV-positive mother around the time of birth, and no treatment can prevent it. Children can also be infected by sharing a contaminated toothbrush of an HCV-positive family member or playmate. Infants who are infected with HCV at birth appear healthy during the first few years of life, however.