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Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a common cause of liver infection. It can cause both acute and chronic infection of the liver. The major route of spread of hepatitis C infection is by exposure to human blood. Many people with Hepatitis C infection do not develop any symptoms. Hepatitis C infection in most cases is a mild infection. However it is much more likely to lead to chronic liver disease as compared to hepatitis B infection.
HCV can cause both acute and chronic liver disease. Symptoms develop in about 20—30 per cent of infected people in acute stage after about 3 to 12 weeks of exposure. HCV is self-limiting in disease in about 15—25 per cent of patients who are infected, but most (75—85 per cent) progress to chronic hepatitis. About 10% to 15% of individuals with chronic HCV infection develop cirrhosis of liver in a few years
Hepatitis C is usually a mild infection in most cases. But consulting a doctor is recommended if you think you may have been exposed to hepatitis C virus. Consult a doctor if you have any symptoms suggestive of liver disease such as loss of appetite, feeling tired (fatigue) or exhausted, nausea and vomiting, jaundice, dark coloured urine, pale stools.