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Hepatitis C virus

Hepatitis C (HCV) is a serious virus infection that over time can cause liver damage and even liver cancer.

Transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) occurs through contact with infected blood or body fluids. This virus causes chronic (long-term) infection in more than 85 percent of infected people, often leading to chronic liver disease. Hepatitis C is unrelated to any of the other known hepatitis viruses (A, B, D, and E). About 15 percent of those infected with hepatitis C will recover completely.