N. Ky. Sees Rise In Hepatitis C Cases In 2015
By Travis Thayer
(Undated) – The heroin epidemic in the tri-state area has directly impacted the rise of hepatitis C infections in many northern Kentucky counties.
Northern Kentucky reported over 200 new cases, up 27 percent from 2014, reports the Enquirer.
The region has 1,132 cases of hepatitis C, which is very expensive to treat. According to the Northern Kentucky Health Department, one course of medication costs $80,000.
In 2014, Kentucky’s Medicaid program spent more than $50 million to treat 800 people infected with the viral disease.
Although expensive, untreated hepatitis C can lead to severe liver damage, liver cancer and liver failure.
Hamilton County also saw a rise in hepatitis C cases in 2015. Hamilton County Public Health records reported 1,774 new cases, up from 1,150 in 2014.