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Hepatitis C (cont.)

Hepatitis C Causes

  • HCV is not related to the other viruses that cause hepatitis.
  • HCV is a small virus about 60 nanometers in size. It can only be seen using high power electron microscopes.
  • The virus contains nucleic acid in the form of RNA. Variations in the nucleic acid give rise to different 'genotypes' of HCV.
  • HCV reproduces ('replicates') primarily in liver cells

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/5/2014
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