Hepatitis C

Hepatitis virus particles, TEM. © Science Photo Library

Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). HCV can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis infection, ranging in severity from a mild illness that lasts only a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness resulting in cirrhosis and liver cancer.

The virus is mainly acquired by contact through broken skin with infectious blood. In Europe, the main route of HCV transmission is via injecting drug use as a result of sharing contaminated needles. More rarely, the virus can be transmitted sexually, in healthcare settings due to inadequate infection control practices or perinatally from an infected mother to the baby.

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Latest outputs

Event

World Hepatitis Day 2021

28 Jul 2021

Publication

Hepatitis C - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2019

Surveillance report -

Publication

The sustainable development goals and hepatitis B and C in the EU/EEA

Technical report -

Publication

Hepatitis B and C testing in the EU/EEA: progress in reaching the elimination targets

Technical report -

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Strengthening screening for infectious diseases and vaccination among migrants in Europe: What is needed to close the implementation gaps?

Jan 2021

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Strengthening screening for infectious diseases and vaccination among migrants in Europe: What is needed to close the implementation gaps?

Jan 2021

Peer-Reviewed Publication

The civil society monitoring of hepatitis C response related to the WHO 2030 elimination goals in 35 European countries

Nov 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Hepatitis C virus infection in EU/EEA and United Kingdom prisons: opportunities and challenges for action

Nov 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Hospital discharges of hepatocellular carcinoma and non-alcohol related cirrhosis in the EU/EEA and United Kingdom: a descriptive analysis of 2004–2015 data

Aug 2020

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Prevalence of hepatitis C in the adult population of Bulgaria: A pilot study

Jul 2020

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Disease networks

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