Who is at risk?
Baby boomers, take note: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says you should be screened for hepatitis C—the deadliest infectious disease in the United States, which kills nearly 20,000 Americans a year. The CDC estimates that up to 3.9 million people in the United States have the chronic form of the disease, and 80 percent of them were born between 1945 and 1965. That’s why it recommends a one-time screening for this age group. Yet only about 14 percent of boomers have heeded that advice, according to a March study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Left untreated, it can cause serious liver damage. Following are eight myths about the disease.