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Health Agencies Update
May 23/30, 2017

National Academies Report: Eliminating Threat of Viral Hepatitis

JAMA. 2017;317(20):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6141

Viral hepatitis accounts for more than 20 000 deaths annually in the United States. A new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine provides a roadmap for ending these deaths and eliminating hepatitis B and C as public health problems by 2030.

Diagnosing 90% of people with chronic hepatitis B, bringing 90% of those patients to care, and treating 80% of those patients who need treatment could potentially reduce the number of deaths from hepatitis B in half by 2030, according to estimates by the authors of the report.