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Anyone who has undergone a medical procedure that resulted in being infected with HCV, or the Hepatitis C virus, may be eligible to file a Hepatitis C claim. Since it is a virus, this disease may stay dormant until it enters the body. Hepatitis C is classified under a virus category that affects the liver and blood. After entering the body, the virus does not instantly produce symptoms. However, the virus can spurn chronic liver disease once it becomes active. The sufferer will eventually succumb to liver failure, which will cause the patient’s death.

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Transmission of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is transmitted via blood that is contaminated with the virus. Usually, a Hepatitis C transmission occurs from infected needles injected by drug users or medical personnel. Infected organs or blood obtained through donations can also cause the recipient to contract Hepatitis C. Using an infected individual’s razor or engaging in sexual intercourse are other ways of contracting this virus. Unborn babies can receive the virus from their mother. If strict sterilization and cleaning methods are not followed, patients can contract Hepatitis C in a hospital or clinical environment.

Common Symptoms

Upon being infected with the Hepatitis C virus, the sufferer may not experience symptoms within six months of contracting the disease. However, in some cases, symptoms begin before the initial six-month period. During the infection’s acute phase, some of these common symptoms may occur:

• Abdominal pain
• Decreased appetite
• Exhaustion
• Flu-like symptoms
• Jaundice

Some people eventually develop a chronic Hepatitis C infection. A chronic infection is present when a liver sample shows fibrotic tissue growth. Those with a chronic infection may have other complications like liver cancer or cirrhosis of the liver. Antiviral medication is the standard treatment for the initial stage of Hepatitis C. However, approximately 50 percent of affected individuals are not responsive to early-stage treatments, and they develop a chronic Hepatitis C infection.