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Current status of and strategies for hepatitis C control in South Korea

Authors
 Beom Kyung Kim  ;  Eun Sun Jang  ;  Jeong Han Kim  ;  Soo Young Park  ;  Song Vogue Ahn  ;  Hyung Joon Kim  ;  Do Young Kim 
Citation
 Clinical and Molecular Hepatology, Vol.23(3) : 212-218, 2017 
Journal Title
 Clinical and Molecular Hepatology 
ISSN
 2287-2728 
Issue Date
2017
Keywords
Control ; Hepatitis C virus ; Status
Abstract
Chronic hepatitis C (CHC) is caused by hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. HCV infection causes acute hepatitis, and the majority of those infected progress to chronic hepatitis, and some of them develop cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. Transmission of HCV is parenteral, and the major transmission routes include drug abuse, insecure injections or medical procedures, contaminated syringes or needles, sexual contact with an HCV-infected person, vertical infection of newborns by infected mothers, the transfusion of blood or blood products contaminated with viruses, and organ transplants. As no vaccine against HCV is available, HCV management involves blocking routes of transmission transmission, screening for HCV infection, and protecting liver disease progression by treatment. Highly potent oral direct antiviral agents are now available. Therefore, early detection through nation-wide screening program and appropriate treatment should be implemented to improve the quality of life of patients with HCV. Furthermore, for the effective HCV control in South Korea, The organization of an 'integrated national viral hepatitis control system' is desirable.
URI
http://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/161263
DOI
10.3350/cmh.2017.0105
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1. Journal Papers (연구논문) > 1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Internal Medicine (내과학교실)
Yonsei Authors
김도영(Kim, Do Young) ; 김범경(Kim, Beom Kyung)
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