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Eur J Public Health. 2015 Feb;25(1):141-3. doi: 10.1093/eurpub/cku095. Epub 2014 Jul 23.

Birth year distribution in reported hepatitis C cases in Switzerland.

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1 Arud Centres for Addiction Medicine, Zurich, Switzerland
2 Federal Office of Public Health, Division of Communicable Diseases, Bern, Switzerland.


Data of the national hepatitis C virus (HCV) notification system and the Swiss hepatitis C cohort study have been analysed for birth year distribution. Persons born between 1955 and 1974 are disproportionally affected by HCV, accounting for 61% of all reported infections. Over the course of the reporting period from 1988 to 2012, the majority of affected persons were born in the mid-60s and a sharply increasing proportion between 1975 and 1984 (from 0.6 to 19.5%). To enhance the so far insufficient HCV detection rates in Switzerland, additional testing strategies such as birth cohort screening must be further evaluated and discussed.

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