NYC Health Department Releases Report on Hepatitis B and C Surveillance and Programs in New York City
- The number of newly reported acute hepatitis B infections declined by 28% from 2010 to 2014
- New chronic hepatitis C reports increased by 13% from 2013 to 2014
- The Health Department completed the first year of the Project INSPIRE hepatitis C care coordination program and has enrolled 1,370 hepatitis C patients to date
February 5, 2016 – The Health Department today released a new report detailing the city’s hepatitis B and C surveillance, research, and programmatic activities in 2014. The “Hepatitis B and C: Annual Report of Activities, 2014,” which can be found here, highlights the following trends:
- The number of new acute hepatitis B (Hep B) infections decreased to 57 in 2014 from 69 in 2013. There have been no cases of acute Hep B among children and teenagers for several years, likely because of successful infant and childhood vaccination strategies.
- The number of new chronic Hep B infections remains stable at 7,459 cases. Two-thirds of people newly reported with chronic Hep B were 20 to 49 years of age.
- The number of New Yorkers newly reported with chronic hepatitis C (Hep C) infection increased from 6,822 to 7,691 from 2013 to 2014. Of those newly reported with chronic Hep C in 2014, 53 percent were born between 1945 and 1965.
- The number of Hep C-related deaths in NYC increased 46 percent from 1999 to 2013. The Health Department estimates that the number of Hep B-related deaths remained stable.
Read the full NYC Health Dept press release here.