Hepatitis C is a viral infection of the liver that is transferred directly through the blood. The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) can cause cirrhosis and liver cancer and may necessitate liver transplants.
There is currently no vaccine for prevention of HCV infection. Individuals infected with HCV may suffer from long-term liver infection, chronic liver disease or cirrhosis, or may experience no symptoms at all for a period of time. Considerable success has been achieved in treating Hepatitis C with drug therapy using peginterferon and ribavirin.