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1 in 4 diseases contracted through blood transfusions is hepatitis C: study

All Headlines 16:13 September 05, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Yonhap) -- More than 1 in 4 diseases contracted through blood transfusions was found to be hepatitis C, a study showed Monday, amid concerns over the recent mass infection of the virus.

Three out of 13 cases of infections through the receiving of blood was hepatitis C, the study showed, after analyzing pathogenic organisms of diseases between 2006 and 2014.

1 in 4 diseases contracted through blood transfusions is hepatitis C: study - 1

The study was conducted by a research team under the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).

A total of 199 patients were reported to the KCDC for suspected infections of hepatitis C during the same period, with 135 patients suspected of being infected through blood transfusions, it said.

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cautions that in addition to hepatitis C, hepatitis B and AIDS being able to be spread through blood transfusions, germs can also be passed along," the research team said.

More people were found last week to have been infected with hepatitis C, this time after receiving dialysis treatment at a clinic.

The hepatitis C virus causes both acute and chronic infection. There is currently no vaccine, though 15 to 45 percent of infected people will spontaneously recover and eliminate the virus within six months of the infection without treatment, according to the World Health Organization.

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