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|Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Japan||
HEPATITIS C EPIDEMICS
Effective November 1, 2000 the Japanese
Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare (MHLW) created a special "Hepatitis
Task Force". The prime objective of the joint task force was to generate
policy and practical measures to counteract the growing number of Hepatitis
B virus (HBV) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) cases in Japan, and the highest in
the world mortality rate of liver cancer. Over the past 4 years, it became
clear that especially the spread of the hepatitis C virus is much wider than
estimated. Most recently on December 9, 2004, the MHLW disclosed that in
1980s and 90s over 6,600 medical facilities nation-wide have administered
HCV-tainted blood-derived products. The announcement of the names of the
hospitals and clinics aims to prompt the former patients to undergo testing,
thus revealing the real scale of the epidemics in Japan. In many parts of Western Japan the
morbidity of liver cancer exceeds 40 cases per 100,000 residents, as in
certain regions of Kyushu is considered as endemic disease.
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SERVICES & RESOURCES
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