Surveillance of hepatitis C
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How many cases are there of hepatitis C in Canada?
In 2013, the overall reported rate of hepatitis C infection in Canada was 29.55 cases per 100,000 people.
In 2011, it was estimated that over 461,000 Canadians had a history of hepatitis C infection. Of these, an estimated 220,000 to 246,000 people were chronically infected with hepatitis C. About 44% of those chronically infected were not aware of their infection status or were likely undiagnosed.
How many cases are there of hepatitis C around the world?
According to the World Health Organization, globally, 130 million to 150 million people have chronic hepatitis C infection.
Approximately 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver diseases.
How does Canada monitor hepatitis C?
The Public Health Agency of Canada collects and publishes data on reported cases of hepatitis C received:
- from the provinces and territories
- through the Canadian Notifiable Disease Surveillance System (CNDSS)
Additional data is collected and analyzed through partnerships with:
- other federal departments
- local public health departments
For more information
Canada Communicable Disease Report
- I-Track: Enhanced surveillance of HIV, hepatitis C, and associated risk behaviours among people who inject drugs in Canada. Phase 3 (2010-2012) Report
- Summary of Key Findings from Y-Track Phase 6 (2009–2012)
- Hepatitis C in Canada: 2005-2010 Surveillance Report
- Testing and Treatment for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among Canadian Federal Inmates
- Hepatitis C Virus Infection in Canadian Street Youth: The Role of Injection Drug Use
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