Hepatitis C – New Case Definition and Changes in Reporting to Public Health Units

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Hepatitis C – New Case Definition and Changes in Reporting to Public Health Units

Effective February 5, 2018, Public Health Ontario (PHO) will be implementing changes to hepatitis C virus (HCV) reporting in order to align with the new provincial HCV case definition as outlined in the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS). For patients with hepatitis C virus infection (anti-HCV antibody reactive and/or RNA detected), public health units will receive a cumulative report from PHO Laboratory that describes current and past infection status as summarized below. This information will facilitate correct application of the HCV case definition and implementation of appropriate public health interventions.

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