For Immediate Release
February 15, 2001

Dr. David McKeown
Medical Officer of Health
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, Ext. 2215


(Brampton)-The Region of Peel will work with its community partners to raise awareness of hepatitis C, a disease that mainly affects adults between 30 and 49 years, Regional Council heard today.

The Region will be involved in new initiatives in partnership with the Hepatitis C Society of Canada and the Peel Coalition for Shelter. These programs will help people affected by hepatitis C work toward preventing the disease and promoting a support group.

"Hepatitis C is a serious liver disease caused by the hepatitis C virus," said Dr. David McKeown, the Region's Medical Officer of Health. "Hepatitis C is transmitted through blood or body fluids containing blood."

Peel Health information indicates that there were about 500 cases of hepatitis C reported from 1995 to 1999.

"Although there is no cure or vaccine for hepatitis C, the disease is manageable," said Dr. McKeown. "Our goal is to reduce the incidence of hepatitis C infection by educating the community on how to prevent the transmission of the virus."

The Region of Peel is developing a Hepatitis C Web site to be launched this spring. For more information about the hepatitis C program, development of a support group, or determining your community needs, call Health Line Peel at 905-799-7700.

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