Hepatitis C (HCV or Hep C) is a disease caused by an RNA virus that affects approximately 170 million people worldwide and is most often known for its associations with liver damage.
Hepatitis C incidence has been shown to be increased in chronic fatigue syndrome patients.
It is estimated that between 130-200 million people worldwide have a Hepatitis C infection, occurring most commonly in Africa and Central and East Asia. In 2013, hepatitis C was the cause of around 358,000 deaths due to cirrhosis and 343,000 deaths due to liver cancer.
Signs and symptoms
Hepatitis C in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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