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Apr 07, 2003
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The virus and the disease

Retrofitting HCV Drugs

The virus and the disease

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 170 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus, with an additional 3-4 million people newly infected each year. More than half of HCV-infected individuals live in Southeast Asia or in the Western Pacific. WHO estimates that 9 million HCV-infected individuals live in Europe.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 3.9 million people in the U.S. have HCV, of whom 2.7 million are chronically infected. About 70% of chronically infected persons will develop chronic liver disease. HCV contributes to the death of more...

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