In a recently published commentary, Chelsea Elwood, MD, from the University of British Columbia, and colleagues advised that Canadian guidelines should recommend universal screening for hepatitis C in pregnant women as they do for hepatitis B and HIV to reduce the risk for vertical transmission.
“More years of life are lost because of HCV than any other infectious disease in Canada,” they wrote. “Hepatitis C virus infection does not appear to worsen maternal health; however, rates of preterm birth, low birth weight, obstetrical cholestasis and adverse neonatal outcomes, such

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