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Special Article

Strategy for the Elimination of Hepatitis C in Cantabria

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Javier Crespo, Ana Tejerina Puente, Antonio Cuadrado, Susana Llerena, Joaquín Cabezas, Joaquin Cabezas on behalf of Grupo de Trabajo para la Eliminación de la Hepatitis C en Cantabria*,

* Grupo de Trabajo para la Eliminación de la Hepatitis C en Cantabria: Joaquin Cabezas, Fernando Andrés Mantecon, Ana Batlle López, Javier Cloux Blasco, Marta Cobo, Inés De Benito Polación, Aroa Delgado Uría, Carmen Fariñas Álvarez, Susana Fernández Iglesias, María Eliecer Cano García, Miguel García Ribes, Pablo González Astorqui, Aitzibe Illaro Uranga, Beatriz Josa Fernandez, Soledad Melgosa Moreno, Purificación Mellado Encias, Maria del Mar Navarro Córdoba, Rosa Ortiz Diego, Lius Miguel Otero García, Guillermo Pombo Alles, Isabel Priede Díaz, Montserrat San Martín Aparicio, Carlos Armiñanzas, Jesús Artal, Jose Manuel Cifrián Martínez, Carmen Cobo Pelayo, Jose Enrique Gutierrez Mora, María Yolanda Jubete Castañedo, Miguel Mateo Soler, Enrique María Ocio San Miguel, Manuel Pereda Beaure, Juan Carlos Ruiz San Millan, Jose Antonio Vallejo Correas, Javier Zueco Gil

The hepatitis C virus (HCV) is one of the leading causes of liver-related morbidity and mortality worldwide, affecting more than 70 million people. Approximately, between 55 % and 85 % of infected people will develop chronic HCV infection and between 15 % and 30 % of this group will develop liver cirrhosis and associated complications in the following 20-30 years. In our country, the seroprevalence of anti-HCV ranges from 0.8 to 1.2 % of adult population, while 0.2 % to 0.4 % show active HCV infection. In recent years, with the appearance of direct-acting antiviral agents (DAAs), which achieve cure rates of over 95 %, the elimination of HCV is a real possibility. In fact, in 2016 the World Health Organization (WHO) stablished a global strategy with the goal of achieving its elimination by 2030.

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