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Friday, March 29, 2013

B.C. plan to wipe out hepatitis will follow HIV model

VANCOUVER — The plan to wipe out HIV infection by British Columbia health experts was so successful, they’re trying to replicate the idea for the treatment of viral hepatitis.

Concern about viral hepatitis is primarily in immigrant populations, according to Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid, who announced $1.9 million in new provincial funding Thursday.

According to Dr. Mel Krajden, who specializes in hepatitis at the BC Centre for Disease Control, approximately 80,000 British Columbians are infected with hepatitis C and 60,000 with hepatitis B.

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