Overall Trend
  • Hepatitis C is a blood-borne infection that was among the top five most frequently reported infectious diseases in Chatham-Kent in 2018. 
  • In 2018, there were 64 reported cases of Hepatitis C among Chatham-Kent residents, which accounted for 17% of all reported sexually-transmitted and blood-borne infections and 11% of all reported infectious diseases.
  • The incidence rate was 66.1 (49.7, 82.5) per 100,000 which was significantly higher than the rate of 35.7 (34.9, 36.8) per 100,000 for Ontario.
  • The incidence rate for Chatham-Kent in 2018 was not significantly different when compared to the previous 5-year average.
  • Over time, rates provincially remained stable while rates in Chatham-Kent have fluctuated at higher rates compared to province overall.
Age-standardized incidence rate of Hepatitis C, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2009-2018
Age-standardized incidence rate of Hepatitis C, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2009-2018
By Age Group
  • Those between the ages of 25 to 44 experienced significantly higher rates compared to other age groups. 
  • In Chatham-Kent, those aged 15 to 64 experienced significantly higher rates compared to Ontarians of the same age groups.
  • Of the 310 reported cases in Chatham-Kent from 2014 to 2018, the highest proportions of cases were among the 25 to 44 (51.3%) and 45 to 64 (30.3%) age groups.
Incidence rate of Hepatitis C, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)
Incidence rate of Hepatitis C, by age, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)
By Sex
  • Males experienced significantly higher rates compared to females.
  • Rates among Chatham-Kent males and females were significantly higher than provincial rates. 
  • Of the 310 reported cases in Chatham-Kent from 2014 to 2018, 65.2% identified as male. 
  • In Chatham-Kent, males between the ages of 25 to 44 and 45 to 64 had significantly higher rates when compared to females of the same age group.
Incidence rate of Hepatitis C, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)
Incidence rate of Hepatitis C, by sex, Chatham-Kent and Ontario, 2014-2018 (combined)