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By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News staff writer, in association with The Daily Beast
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Boomers make up the majority of hepatitis C infections in the United States -- though many don't know they're harboring it. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is officially recommending all boomers get screened for the liver-destroying virus.
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It sounds like reasonable advice: The government is urging all baby boomers to get tested for the hepatitis C virus, which people often don't realize they have and which can damage or destroy the liver.
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Hepatitis C is one of the more dastardly boogiemen in the club of chronic illnesses. In short, it is a blood-borne virus that can cause a variety of complications, such as liver damage. The Centers for Disease control report that around 3.2 million Americans are infected and is most prevalent in people born between the years 1945 and 1965.
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