by Paul Kielstra, Monica Woodley and Zoe Tabary
The Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd., 2012
28 pp. 2.4 MB:
Hepatitis C (HC) may be the serious disease that most combines widespread prevalence with widespread ignorance. The incidence of new infections is simply not known at the global level. Yet, HC is entirely preventable and largely curable. A disease spread through blood-to-blood contact, HC is usually symptomless for decades, all the while slowly damaging the liver. HC will not go away on its own. Countries which have had the most success so far have tended to focus on the problem in a co-ordinated way, rather than on one individual aspect.