Hepatitis C

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  • Hepatitis C is a notifiable disease both in the ACT and nationally.
  • In the ACT, it is a requirement for certain groups of people to notify Hepatitis C diagnoses to the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health Act 1997. Notification data on each Hepatitis C case are collected on behalf of the Chief Health Officer by the Disease Surveillance Unit of the Health Protection Service, ACT Health.
  • The Disease Surveillance Unit is responsible for the coordination of the ACT Communicable Diseases Surveillance Program, which includes collecting and analysing data, and implementing disease control measures for more than 60 notifiable conditions. 
  • Acute hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but 55–85% of people with this infection will develop chronic hepatitis C in the longer-term. Of these,15–30% develop cirrhosis of the liver which can lead to liver failure and liver cancer (WHO 2016).

 

For more detailed information about notifiable conditions in the ACT, please refer to the 'report on notifiable conditions' section in the ACT Population Health Bulletin.

Reference

World Health Organization. Hepatitis C, fact sheet number 164. 2016. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/

To access the data please click on the "View source data" link at the bottom of the visualisation. This link will open up a data table that you can download. 

For a list of all notifiable conditions in the ACT and more information about disease notification requirements, please see the Reporting of Notifiable Conditions Code of Practice 2006.