Maternal Hepatitis C Prevalence and Trends by County, US: 2016-2020
rural, hepatitis C, women, data, prevalence, maternal, birth
Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
The authors examined rural-urban differences in the prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection among women delivering live births, using small area estimation methods to provide updated county-level prevalence estimates. Findings from this study indicated that rural counties experienced the highest prevalence of maternal HCV infection, with rural counties also showing the greatest average prevalence increase during 2016-2020. The authors highlight the usefulness of county-level data in monitoring rural-urban trends in maternal HCV infection to reduce geographic disparities.
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Ahrens KA, Rossen LM, Burgess AR, Palmsten K, Ziller EC. Maternal hepatitis C prevalence and trends by county, US: 2016-2020 [published online ahead of print, 2022 Nov 13]. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2022;10.1111/ppe.12934. doi:10.1111/ppe.12934