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Commentary
  • Hepatitis C is a notifiable disease both in the ACT and nationally.
  • In the ACT, it is a requirement for certain groups of people to notify Hepatitis C diagnoses to the Chief Health Officer under the Public Health Act 1997. Notification data on each Hepatitis C case are collected on behalf of the Chief Health Officer by the Disease Surveillance Unit of the Health Protection Service, ACT Health.
  • The Disease Surveillance Unit is responsible for the coordination of the ACT Communicable Diseases Surveillance Program, which includes collecting and analysing data, and implementing disease control measures for more than 60 notifiable conditions. 
  • Acute hepatitis C is a short-term illness, but 55–85% of people with this infection will develop chronic hepatitis C in the longer-term. Of these,15–30% develop cirrhosis of the liver which can lead to liver failure and liver cancer (WHO 2016).

For more detailed information about notifiable conditions in the ACT, please refer to the 'report on notifiable conditions' section in the ACT Population Health Bulletin.

Reference

World Health Organization. Hepatitis C, fact sheet number 164. 2016. Available from: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs164/en/

Data

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Codes & Sources

For a list of all notifiable conditions in the ACT and more information about disease notification requirements, please see the Reporting of Notifiable Conditions Code of Practice 2006.

The data is presented by the ACT Government for the purpose of disseminating information for the benefit of the public. The ACT Government has taken great care to ensure the information in this report is as correct and accurate as possible. Whilst the information is considered to be true and correct at the date of publication, changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information. Differences in statistical methods and calculations, data updates and guidelines may result in the information contained in this report varying from previously published information.

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