Surveillance of hepatitis C

Learn about hepatitis C surveillance.

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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:

Additional data is collected and analyzed through partnerships with:

  • academia
  • other federal departments
  • local public health departments

For more information

Canada Communicable Disease Report

Statistics

Other reports

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