- 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
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)
- 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.