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Oregon Hep C Cases Too High

James Heilman, MD/Wikimedia

  Oregon is getting way ahead of the country, in a dubious category.

The state's death rate for Hepatitis C is getting close to twice the national average. 

And the rate of new infections also runs well ahead of the national average. 

The inflammation of the liver is far more common than HIV/AIDS, and health officials are scrambling to respond. 

Jackson County Public Health Officer Dr. Jim Shames joins us with causes and possible approaches.  


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.