Maggie McGehee was shocked to discover that she was infected with hepatitis C after donating blood. She traced it back to blood transfusions she'd received as an infant.
Baby boomers are five times more likely to have hepatitis C than other adults, and many are thought to have been infected in the 1960s through 1980s, when the transmission of hepatitis C in the U.S. was the highest.
People become infected with hepatitis C when blood contaminated with the virus gets into their bloodstream. The disease affects 71 million people around the world.
An outbreak of hepatitis A tearing through San Diego’s population of homeless people and illicit drug users captured national media attention in September.