New Delhi: Nearly 96,000 people die annually in India due to Hepatitis, which has become a hidden epidemic and a silent killer, according to health activists. Legal experts, doctors and activists brought together by NGO `Doctors Without Borders` today expressed concern over the growing rate of Hepatitis C in the country at a function held here to mark the World Hepatitis Day. Citing a WHO report, the health activists said nearly four lakh Indians have been tested positive for Hepatitis C, leading to 96,000 annual deaths due to the viral infection. The report said the prevalence of Hepatitis C is estimated to be within 1.8-2.5 per cent, while among drug users it is 50-90 per cent.
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