Dramatic spike in Hep. C cases reported in Grand Forks County


Grand Forks, N.D. (Valley News Live) The North Dakota Department of Health is reporting a dramatic rise in the cases of Hepatitis C in Grand Forks County.

The agency is reporting a 78 percent increase from 2017 to 2018.

Through more research, NDDH found most cases are transmitted through injecting drugs.

Grand Forks Public Health is working to create a syringe service program to hopefully cut down on the numbers of Hep. C and HIV transmitted through drug use.

There will be a public meeting on the new syringe program on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at the Grand Forks County Building. It is expected to go from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

We have more information on the syringe program and meeting under the 'related links' section of this article.