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Hepatitis C in pregnancy: maximizing reporting accuracy in effort to appropriately test and treat infants exposed

Snodgrass, Stephanie (2018) Hepatitis C in pregnancy: maximizing reporting accuracy in effort to appropriately test and treat infants exposed. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Hepatitis C (HCV) is a chronic blood-borne pathogen which can remain asymptomatic in infected patients for decades, but which eventually leads to severe liver damage if left untreated. Due to the asymptomatic nature of this virus, many individuals are unaware of their infection leaving potential for additional viral transmission. While efforts have been put in place to close the gap between the actual number of infections and the number of reported infections, many studies suggest there is still much work to be done, including improving testing and reporting of infants exposed to HCV through vertical transmission. With HCV treatments for children three years of age and older on the horizon, improving testing and reporting of HCV infection in children is more important than ever if the damaging effects of this virus on these children are to be prevented. Treatment is imperative to the elimination of HCV, but without accurate disease identification and reporting through public health research and subsequent intervention, these treatments most likely will not be initiated, therefore leaving the population susceptible to this virus.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Snodgrass, Stephaniesds85@pitt.edusds85
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMartinson, Jeremyjmartins@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberMertz, KristenKristen.Mertz@AlleghenyCounty.USUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 2018
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 43
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2018 20:19
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2018 20:19


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