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Currently in the US, injection drug users are the group at highest risk for infection with HCV, with experts attributing more than 60% of new HCV cases to people who inject illicit drugs. HCV causes deterioration of the liver, or cirrhosis, in about 20% of people with chronic infection, and it can be fatal. A 6- to 12-month course of interferon treatment, sometimes given along with the antiviral drug ribavirin, wipes out HCV in about 40% of infected people.


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