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August 22, 2009

Hepatitis C: An article in Monday's Section A about a hepatitis C outbreak in Colorado said that the disease is incurable. Although the disease can lead to death, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 15% to 25% of newly infected people will clear the virus from their bodies without treatment and not develop chronic infection. For others, treatment of both acute and chronic cases of hepatitis C can render the virus undetectable. However, patients who have cleared the virus remain at risk for long-term health effects, such as liver cancer, after treatment.

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