Notes from the field : hepatitis C virus infections among young adults--rural Wisconsin, 2010

MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 May 18;61(19):358.


During November 2010, Wisconsin Division of Public Health (DPH) staff members noted the number of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections reported annually among persons aged <30 years in six contiguous rural counties of Wisconsin had increased from an average of eight cases per year during 2004-2008 to an average of 24 cases per year during 2009-2010. To understand factors associated with this increase, DPH, local health departments, and CDC investigated the epidemiologic and laboratory characteristics of 25 cases reported during 2010 among adults aged <30 years who resided in these six counties.

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Hepatitis C / diagnosis
  • Hepatitis C / epidemiology*
  • Hepatitis C / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Immunoenzyme Techniques
  • Male
  • Needle Sharing
  • Opioid-Related Disorders
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Rural Population*
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous*
  • Wisconsin / epidemiology
  • Young Adult