Vital Signs: How Fear Fuels Hepatitis

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Mon August 12, 2013

Vital Signs: How Fear Fuels Hepatitis

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As many as 90 percent of people with viral hepatitis go undiagnosed. That's why a surge in North Texas cases between 2003 and 2010 has doctors like Pranavi Sreeramoju so worried. Dr. Sreeramoju is Parkland’s chief of Infection Prevention, and she talks with Sam Baker about the challenges of tackling hepatitis in this installment of KERA’s series Vital Signs. For the full scoop, check out KERA's new health/science/technology blog, Breakthroughs.
Even after federal and local education campaigns, viral hepatitis seems to be surging. The Centers for Disease Control say it's the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplants. Dallas County Health and Human Services reported a large increase in cases of Hepatitis B and C between 2003 and 2010, and Parkland Hospital currently has nearly 4,000 new and existing patients.