Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

People

August 17, 2012

CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C

ATLANTA — All baby boomers should get a one-time blood test to learn if they have the liver-destroying hepatitis C virus, U.S. health officials said Thursday.

It can take decades for the blood-borne virus to cause liver damage and symptoms to emerge, so many people don't know they're harboring it. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the estimated 3.2 million infected Americans.

More than 15,000 Americans die each year from hepatitis C-related illnesses and the number has been growing, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"Unless we take action, we project deaths will increase substantially," said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, in a call with reporters.

Hepatitis C virus is most commonly spread today through sharing needles to inject drugs. Before widespread screening of blood donations began in 1992, it was also spread through blood transfusions.

The virus can gradually scar the liver and lead to cirrhosis or liver cancer, and is the leading cause of liver transplant. It can trigger damage in other parts of the body, as well.

It's possible some people were infected in ways other than dirty needles or long-ago blood transfusions. Some experts say tattoos, piercings, shared razor blades and toothbrushes, manicures and sniffed cocaine may have caused the virus to spread in some cases.

However it happened, health officials say baby boomers are five times more likely to be infected than other adults.

Officials said they decided to issue the recommendations after seeing the number of Americans dying from hepatitis C-related diseases nearly double from 1999 to 2007.

Another reason: Two drugs hit the market last year that promise to cure many more people than was previously possible.

Previously, testing was recommended only for people considered at highest risk, like current and former injection drug users.

About three percent of baby boomers test positive for the virus, the CDC estimates. Of those, some manage to clear the infection from their bodies without treatment, but still have lingering antibodies that give a positive initial test result. That's why confirmatory tests are needed.

Still, only a quarter of infected people are that lucky. Most have active and dangerous infections, health officials said.

"I have met too many patients who were diagnosed with hepatitis C at the time they developed liver cancer or when they needed a liver transplant," said Dr. Andrew Muir, a Duke University physician who is a leader in an advocacy organization called the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable.

The CDC call for testing is "a bold and important move," Muir said in a statement.

The recommendation applies to people born from 1945 to 1965 who have not already been tested. They should get a blood test at their next visit to the doctor, Frieden said.

The CDC proposed the new guidelines earlier this year and made them final on Thursday.

1
Text Only
People
  • Tech Camp looking for students OTTUMWA – There are still slots available for the Tech Camp being hosted by Indian Hills Community College the week of July 28. Students entering seventh through tenth grades have until noon on Thursday, July 24, to sign-up.Camp participants will hav

    July 22, 2014

  • 072114 Quilts Material Girlz give quilts to hospice The Material Girlz Quilt Guild recently donated quilts to HCI Hospice Care Services. The guild has given a lot back to the community over the years and felt that hospice was another good fit with their mission. “Our goal is to give back to the local

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 22-24 Calendar TUESDAY 22NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS), Family Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 411 N. Main St. Centerville. For more information, call (641) 856-3213.SOUTH CENT

    July 22, 2014

  • 072114 Scholarship Photo Mystic woman receives scholarship Paula Young from Mystic has been chosen to receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Iowa Health Care Association. Young is the dietary services manager at Centerville Nursing & Rehab Center, a Care Initiatives facility. Young is taking classes to pursue

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • July 18-21 Calendar FRIDAY 18HONEY CREEK, 8-9 a.m. – Morning Yoga – This mixed level, outdoor yoga class is great for beginners and experienced yogis. In the event of rain, class is cancelled. Meet on the great lawn behind the lodge. A few mats will be available. Great

    July 17, 2014

  • 071814 Argenta July Yards of the Month chosen The following photos have been chosen by the Centerville Garden Club as the Yards of the Month. One yard belongs to Frank and Norma Belloma at 419 E. Sheridan St. It features a garden shed and raised beds in a well manicured lawn. The other home belo

    July 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • July 17-19 Calendar THURSDAY 17HONEY CREEK, 9-11 a.m. – Kayaking Tour – Get closer to nature during this kayaking tour with a naturalist. This program is for people with some kayaking experience who feel confident in their abilities to shuttle, launch and maneuver their

    July 16, 2014

  • Scott family reunion held Descendants of E. Roy and Pearl (Long) Scott held their annual reunion June 22 at Moravia Community Center.George Scott, Jr. gave the blessing, then families gave a short resume of their activities during the past year. A delicious co-op dinner was e

    July 14, 2014

  • July 15-17 Calendar TUESDAY 15NAMI (NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS), Family Support Group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 411 N. Main St. Centerville. For more information, call (641) 856-3213.SOUTH CENT

    July 14, 2014

  • Alpha Rho gives grants Alpha Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma recently gave two Appanoose County women monetary support to continue their education to become teachers. Brenna Moorman, a senior elementary education major and Mandalyn Martin, a sophomore elementary education

    July 14, 2014

  • July 14-16 Calendar MONDAY 14HONEY CREEK RESORT, schedules are subject to change. Check honeycreekresort.com for the most up to date schedule.10-11 a.m. – Kayaking 101 – During this one-hour program participants will get hands-on experience shuttling their kayaks,Text C

    July 14, 2014

  • Kirkwood announces Dean's List CEDAR RAPIDS — Kirkwood Community College has released its Dean’s List for the Spring 2014 semester. These students have achieved a 3.3 grade point average or higher after completing 12 or more credit hours with the college.Kirkwood students from the

    July 14, 2014

  • Celebrate 119th Old Settler's Days Seymour will continue more than a century of tradition with the 119th Old Settler’s celebration set for Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13.Friday will kick off with kids’ activities on the east side of the Square from 5:30-7 p.m. An inflatable c

    July 11, 2014

  • Students named to Central College dean's list PELLA — The following students were named to the spring 2014 Central College dean’s list:Kaitlyn Appler of CentervilleKylee Martin of CentervilleCentral College is a residential liberal arts college dedicated to the education of 1,500 undergraduate s

    July 10, 2014

  • July 10-12 Calendar THURSDAY 10ORGANIZING FOR MAIN STREET, will host a social gathering at 5:30 p.m. at The Majestic. The Assessment Team visit will be reviewed. This is a chance to come and hear what is going on with Organizing for Main Street and ask questions. Everyo

    July 10, 2014

Featured Ads
AP Video
Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the 2014 Appanoose County Fair. It starts Monday and wraps up on Saturday with a demolition derby at 8 p.m. So, the question of the week is, "How many days do you plan to go to the Appanoose County Fair?

A. I plan to attend all six days.
B. I plan to attend five days.
C. I plan to attend four days.
D. I plan to attend three days.
E. I plan to attend two days.
F. I plan to attend one day.
G. I do not plan to go to the fair this year.
     View Results
Front page