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Hepatitis C will be eradicated in Australia by 2026, researchers predict

February 23, 2017
Public Health and Wellbeing

Hepatitis C may soon be a thing of the past, with Australia well on the way to eradicating the potentially deadly virus within the next 10 years, researchers say.
Key points:
Report finds Australia able to eradicate hepatitis C by 2026
More than 30,000 Australians treated for the disease last year
Cure rate for risen from 10 per cent to close to 100 per cent in two decades

Researchers say the Federal Government’s aggressive approach to funding treatments and cures is paying off, with the cure rate lifting close to 100 per cent.
More than 30,000 people were treated for hepatitis C last year, according to a report published by the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.
The report found Australia was in a position to eradicate the disease by 2026.

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Published by: ABC News, 21/2/2017