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Hepatitis C on the rise in Washington

YAKIMA, Wash -- Hepatitis C is becoming one of the states top health concerns - with more than 100,000 people infected.

Health officials say there about two hundred known case of Hepatitis C in Yakima County. That number is a slightly misleading because many people don't even know they have it.

Health officials say that for every known case of Hep C, there is probably at least one, maybe two, people that don't know they have it.

Hepatitis C is the most common blood borne infection in the U.S., and is the leading cause of liver transplants.

Its transmitted a number of ways including sharing non-sterilized drug needles.

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