Hepatitis C

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Public health management

Important information

  • Infectious agent: Hepatitis C virus.
  • Transmission: Hepatitis C is usually passed on through direct contact with infected blood. An infected mother can pass hepatitis C on to her baby during childbirth. Sexual transmission is rare.
  • Incubation period: From 2 weeks to 6 months but usually 6 to 9 weeks.
  • Infectious period: From weeks before to months after onset. Long-term carriers may be infectious for life.
  • Case exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Contact exclusion: Do not exclude.
  • Treatment: Antiviral treatment for people with chronic hepatitis B as recommended by the Guidelines for Managing Sexually Transmitted Infections - WA.
  • Immunisation: None available. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for people diagnosed with hepatitis C. See OD 0392/12 Guidelines for the Provision of Hepatitis A and B Vaccine to Adults in Western Australia at Risk of Acquiring These Infections by Sexual Transmission and Injecting Drug Use (external site).
  • Case follow-up: Is the responsibility of health care providers.

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