Friday, February 21, 2014

'Plenty of good news' in health report, but work remains

Number of hepatitis C cases down, but hepatitis B, mycobacteria infections rise

CHILLICOTHE — Communicable disease statistics compiled by the Ross County Health District were a mixed bag in 2013, but — for the most part — the numbers were good.

Among the most positive developments was a drop in the number of hepatitis C cases to 153 after a significant increase to 172 in 2012. The importance of the statistic, health officials said, goes far beyond the number itself.

“(Hepatitis C) can be an indicator of behaviors that we don’t really want to see, like intravenous drug use or even illegal home tattooing and unsanitary conditions,” said Timothy Angel, Ross County’s health commissioner.

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