The Centers for Disease Control issued a recommendation Thursday that all U.S. baby boomers get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus.
Data show that one in 30 baby boomers has been infected with hepatitis C and this population is five times more likely than other adult Americans to be infected with the virus. In addition, more than 15,000 Americans, most of them baby boomers, die of hepatitis C-related illness each year.
Hepatitis C causes severe liver diseases, including liver cancer.
In recommending that all U.S. baby boomers be tested for hepatitis C, the CDC has put together a web site that contains a plethora of information on the disease. It can be viewed here.