Journal article

Enhanced case detection for newly acquired hepatitis C infection: epidemiological findings and health service implications.

Rebecca Guy, Darshini Devadason, Megan Lim, Nasra Higgins, Alisa Pedrana, Katharine Gibson, Jenny Lewis, Tim Spelman, Bethany White, John Kaldor, Margaret Hellard

Communicable Diseases Intelligence | Published : 2008

Abstract

Identifying newly acquired hepatitis C infections and describing their epidemiological characteristics has public health importance but can be resource intensive. We developed a new approach to conducting surveillance for newly acquired hepatitis C infection and analysed the epidemiological findings and health service implications. Doctors and laboratories in the Australian state of Victoria are required by law to notify all hepatitis C diagnoses to the Department of Human Services, but the routine report is limited to basic demographic information. For all cases reported as being aged 16-19 years or having clinical or laboratory indicators of newly acquired infection, during the period July..

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