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World J Hepatol. Jul 28, 2017; 9(21): 921-929
Published online Jul 28, 2017. doi: 10.4254/wjh.v9.i21.921
Is the 25-year hepatitis C marathon coming to an end to declare victory?
Khulood T Ahmed, Ashraf A Almashhrawi, Jamal A Ibdah, Veysel Tahan
Khulood T Ahmed, Ashraf A Almashhrawi, Jamal A Ibdah, Veysel Tahan, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65212, United States
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Correspondence to: Veysel Tahan, MD, Associate Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, University of Missouri, 1 Hospital Dr, Columbia, MO 65212, United States.
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Received: April 8, 2017
Peer-review started: April 12, 2017
First decision: May 22, 2017
Revised: June 4, 2017
Accepted: July 7, 2017
Article in press: July 10, 2017
Published online: July 28, 2017
Core Tip

Core tip: Spreading awareness about the need for screening and treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) will help identifying more cases to provide appropriate treatment. As more direct-acting agents are coming out of the pipeline, healthcare managers will face the major task of making those medicines available to HCV-infected patients. One of the efforts, successfully dismantling some of those barriers is the Extended Community Healthcare Outcomes project. Finally, efforts toward developing effective vaccines should be boosted as history tells us that most of success stories in eradicating infectious illness were made possible largely because of vaccines against the offending pathogen.