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Hepatitis C Virus
BBP  blood virus2 1 What are the signs and symptoms of HCV?
Most of the people newly infected with Hepatitis C do not show any symptoms. Most common symptoms if present include:
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and/or eyes)
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Clay-colored bowel movements
  • Loss of appetite

What is the difference between Acute and Chronic Hepatitis C?
If a person was infected with Hepatitis C for the first time it is called acute hepatitis. Usually acute hepatitis lasts for 6weeks or less. Approximately 15-25% of patients infected will clear the infection without treatment. The majority of Chronic HCV infections occur in adults who were infected with HCV. About 75-85% of patients will continue to have chronic (long-term) infection.

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