Viral Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is caused by the hepatitis C virus which can cause both acute and chronic hepatitis, ranging in severity from a mild illness. The hepatitis C virus is a blood borne virus and the modes of infection are through exposure to small quantities of blood. This may happen through injection drug use, unsafe injection practices, unsafe health care, and the transfusion of unscreened blood and blood products. There is currently no vaccine for hepatitis C.