by Jason Simpkins
It’s not Zika you should be worried about. Not Ebola either.
There’s one infectious disease that kills more Americans than every other infectious disease combined.
Roughly 3.5 million people (10% of the country) have it, and half of them don’t even know it.
It’s hepatitis C.
Deaths from hepatitis C hit an all-time high of 19,659 in 2014, surpassing the total combined number of deaths from 60 other infectious diseases, including HIV, pneumonia, and tuberculosis.
Baby Boomers are at an especially high risk. Over 50% of hepatitis C-related deaths occur among people aged 55 to 64. The average age of death is 59.