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Reported past/present Hepatitis C cases in Allegheny County from 2007-2016: a descriptive analysis

Feathers, Alison (2018) Reported past/present Hepatitis C cases in Allegheny County from 2007-2016: a descriptive analysis. Master's Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a bloodborne infection that causes both acute and chronic hepatitis that may lead to liver disease, cirrhosis, or liver cancer. Hepatitis C is a national and global public health problem. About 71 million people globally are chronically infected with hepatitis C and an estimated 3-4 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C in the United States. Annually, about 399,000 people die worldwide from hepatitis C infection and approximately 20,000 people die from HCV-related liver disease in the U.S. Most people with hepatitis C infection are asymptomatic and about half of people do not know that they are infected. Hepatitis C is a reportable disease in Pennsylvania; therefore, the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) receives reports of hepatitis C for residents of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Starting in 2015, ACHD conducted enhanced surveillance activities for hepatitis C cases which included faxing one-page questionnaires to healthcare providers who had patients with at least one HCV positive laboratory test and conducting patient phone interviews to collect risk factor and exposure information. Disease surveillance is important to public health because it helps identify which populations need interventions to prevent transmission of the disease, morbidity, and mortality. The purpose of this study is to describe the trends in hepatitis C cases from 2007 to 2016 and the reported past/present hepatitis C cases from 2015 to 2016 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Feathers, Alisonalison.feathers@pitt.edualf163
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorMatthews,
Committee MemberMertz, KristenKristen.Mertz@AlleghenyCounty.US
Committee MemberKrier,
Date: 30 January 2018
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 13 December 2017
Approval Date: 30 January 2018
Submission Date: 27 November 2017
Access Restriction: 1 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 1 year.
Number of Pages: 30
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master's Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: hepatitis C virus, HCV, surveillance, hepatitis C, disease surveillance
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2018 22:35
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2019 06:15


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