TDH issues public health advisory on Hepatitis C epidemic
By Kim Swindell Wood | July 27, 2015 2:50 pm
Last Updated: July 27, 2015 at 2:52 pm
Tennessee Department of Health today issued a public health advisory urging residents to increase their awareness about Hepatitis C, a life-threatening disease spread by direct contact with blood from an infected person. The rate of acute Hepatitis C cases in Tennessee has more than tripled in the last seven years, and the steadily increasing number of cases may only represent “the tip of the iceberg” of the state’s Hepatitis-C epidemic, according to TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.