- Associated Press - Saturday, August 27, 2016

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A statewide uptick in Hepatitis C cases is most severe in Southeast Alaska, where heroin use has been on the rise.

The Juneau Empire reports (https://bit.ly/2bptc0j) that Alaska epidemiology experts found the rate of infection among those between the ages of 18 and 29 rose 490 percent in Southeast Alaska in a five-year period through 2015.

Untreated cases of the infection could cause cancer and cirrhosis in the liver.

Hepatitis C can spread when drug users share needles.

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Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, https://www.juneauempire.com

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