Thousands Infected with Hepatitis C

It’s been revealed that thousands of people in Sweden could have been infected with Hepatitis C after being given blood transfusions between 1965 and 1991, and the risk has been known for years.

The National Board of Health and Welfare thinks up to 23,000 people who might have the liver disease should be traced.

In the past it was thought it might be ethically wrong to contact patients and tell them they were at risk, as there wasn’t much that could be done to help those who were infected. But the health board says now there are relatively effective treatments, patients should be traced and informed.

The National Union of Hepatitis C patients is welcoming the recommendation but says people should have been told before to reduce suffering and to help stop the illness being passed on to others.