How to treat hepatitis C virus infection and how to prevent a relapse
HONOLULU (AP) The latest hepatitis C outbreak in Hawaii has prompted a call to end a ban on the sale of blood products.
The Hawaii Department of Health says it is working to phase out the blood-sugar tests for the state’s 1.3 million residents.
It says a small number of people have developed liver disease.
It also says testing should not be used to screen for people with hepatitis C.
In March, the state issued a blanket ban on blood products from people with a history of infection with hepatitis A and B. It has since extended that ban to include people with any type of cirrhosis, a condition that results in blood clots and can lead to heart attacks, strokes and death.
State health officials say the hepatitis A outbreak is the worst in Hawaii history.
The last major outbreak was in 1976.
Hepatitis A is caused by the virus that causes liver disease in people who have a high level of the virus in their blood.HIV infection is spread by the blood and mucous membranes of the body, but the virus can also be passed from person to person through direct contact.
People who have hepatitis C can transmit the virus to other people.