Hepatitis C

Apart from alcohol, viral hepatitis B and C are among the main causes of chronic liver disease. Hepatitis is the medical term for inflammation of the liver.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates, every year 3 to 4 million people are infected with the hepatitis C virus. Globally, about 150 million people are chronically infected.

This information was originally adapted from Hepatitis C: Understanding a silent killer, published by the European Liver Patients Association. It was updated in 2016.