Big Spring VA sees 97% cure rate for vets with Hep C

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BIG SPRING, TX (KWES) - Hepatitis C infections have increased in the US according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease falls heavily on baby boomers and could lead to liver failure, cancer and even death. Fortunately, The West Texas VA Health Care System in Big Spring is helping veterans infected with the disease fight back and so far, it's working.

The clinic has been offering new treatments to fight Hep C since May of last year. Now many veterans are walking out with a peace of mind.

"At this point, we're at a 97% screen rate where we've assessed patients in our system that test positive for Hep C," said Doctor Larry Thompson, VA Associate Chief of Staff. "We have treated or in-treatment 260 patients. At this location, 120 patients will not go on to have liver failure or cancer."  Big Spring VA sees 97% cure rate for vets with Hep C

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