Liver disease and cancer admissions linked to hep C

The Public Health England figures, released ahead of World Hepatitis Day on Sunday, show that hospital admissions for end stage liver disease and liver cancer caused by hepatitis C increased from 574 in 1998 to 2,266 in 2012.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called hepatitis a "silent epidemic" because so many people do not realise they are infected.

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Warning after rise in hep C cases

The number of cases of hepatitis C has increased by more than a third in two years. There were 7,882 cases confirmed in England in 2010, rising to 10,873 in 2012. Experts estimate there are 160,000 living with hep C, many unaware they are infected.