Our Hepatitis C (HCV, Hep C) Main Article provides a comprehensive look at the who, what, when and how of Hepatitis C (HCV, Hep C)
Definition of Hepatitis C virus
Hepatitis C virus: A single-stranded RNA virus in the Flaviviridae family that causes hepatitis C. Abbreviated HCV. The HCV genome contains some 10,000 nucleotides and encodes a single polyprotein of 3,000 amino acids. HCV was discovered in 1989. Before that time, hepatitis C was referred to as non-A, non-B hepatitis.
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