Combating the Silent Epidemic: Action Plan for the Prevention, Care & Treatment of Viral Hepatitis [open pdf - 672KB]
"Viral hepatitis is a silent epidemic in the United States. Although it is a leading infectious cause of death and claims the lives of 12,000--15,000 Americans each year, viral hepatitis remains virtually unknown to the general public, at-risk populations, and policymakers; even health-care providers lack knowledge and awareness about these infections. As a consequence, most of the 3.5-5.3 million Americans living with viral hepatitis do not know that they are infected, placing them at greater risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and increasing the likelihood that they will spread the virus to others. Viral hepatitis is a major cause of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer in the United States; persons living with viral hepatitis are at increased risk for both conditions."
United States Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.hhs.gov