Compared to hepatitis B Virus Hepatitis C virus can survive for upto 3 weeks outside the body but it required room temperature. Mainly household surfaces like drawer handle or sink are common places for infection.
Hepatitis C is spread through contact with infected blood. In USA nearly 12000 deaths occurs due to it. Also worldwide it is the commonest chronic blood borne infection.No vaccine is currently available in the world.
Transmission of Hepatitis C
Mainly happens due to occupational exposure to blood or its constituents.
It also spread by single syringe use as in drug abusers. Long term haemodialysis as in kidney failure patients also increases the chances of infection. Infected mother also increases risk of infecting child during child birth.
In the early years, people often have no symptoms. But over time, they can experience the following:
- Weight loss
- Abdominal pain
- Severe itching
- Jaundice (yellow discoloration of the skin and eyes)