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Baby boomers in R.I. urged to test for hepatitis C

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PROVIDENCE — Rhode Island’s health department is encouraging baby boomers to get tested for hepatitis C, saying adults born between 1945 and 1965 are five times more likely to contract the disease.

State health director Michael Fine says an estimated 11,000 Rhode Islanders have hepatitis C, but have yet to show symptoms.

The state says baby boomers are at risk because the rates of infections were highest in the 1970s and 1980s. Some may have caught the disease before modern blood screening techniques were widely available.

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