Dr. John Ward, Director of Viral Hepatitis Program at the CDC, discusses the Hepatitis C virus.
John Ward, MD, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Director of Viral Hepatitis Program; Douglas Dieterich, MD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Professor in Division of Liver Diseases. It is estimated that over 3 million Americans are infected with the Hepatitis C virus; the majority don't even know it. Hepatitis C, the leading cause of liver disease, has the ability to lie dormant in the body for decades, without so much as showing a single symptom. The bulk of the infected population is made up of the baby boomer generation, and they are only now beginning to find out about it. Dr. John Ward, the Director of Viral Hepatitis Program at the CDC, talks with Lark McCarthy regarding this debilitating virus. Also joining us is Dr. Douglas Dieterich, a former Hepatitis C patient, who has made it his life goal to help others battle this disease.