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It is a viral infection of the liver that is caused by the Hepatitis C virus (HCV). The infection is spread by coming in contact with the blood of an infected person. About 30-50% of people have a mild short-lived illness after which the virus clears completely.In other cases, the virus persists forever, leading to chronic illness.The severity of liver disease varies from one person to the other. Some may have minimal or no damage to the liver after decades of infection and in some, the virus leads to cirrhosis,liver failure and cancer over a span of 5-20 years. This virus is the leading cause of liver failure,worldwide. In India, 1-2% of the population (20 million) is infected with the virus.

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