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Hepatitis and African Americans

Hepatitis B infection has dropped significantly since 1991, but remains an area of concern for the African American population.

  • In 2015, non-Hispanic blacks were 1.5 times as likely to die from viral hepatitis, as compared to non-Hispanic whites.
  • In 2015, African Americans were almost twice as likely to die from hepatitis C as compared to the white population.
  • In 2015, African Americans were 2.6 times more likely to die from hepatitis B than non-Hispanic whites.

 

VIRAL HEPATITIS

Death Rates

Death Rates for Viral Hepatitis, 2015 (all types)
 
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
Male
3.7
2.3
1.6
Female
1.6
1.1
1.5
Total
2.5
1.7
1.5

Source: CDC, 2017. Deaths: Final Data for 2015. National vital statistics reports; vol. 66, no. 6. Table 10.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr65/nvsr66_06.pdf [PDF | 2.65MB]

 

Hepatitis A, Acute (Cases per 100,000 population), 2015
Black
White
Black / White Ratio
0.16
0.34
0.5

Source: CDC, 2017. Summary of Notifiable Diseases - United States, 2015. MMWR 2017; v. 66, no. 53. Table 6.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/64/wr/pdfs/mm6453.pdf [PDF | 2.93MB]

Hepatitis B, Acute (Cases per 100,000 population), 2015
Black
White
Black / White Ratio
0.90
0.91
1.0

Source: CDC, 2017. Summary of Notifiable Diseases - United States, 2015. MMWR 2017; v. 66, no. 53. Table 6.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/64/wr/pdfs/mm6453.pdf [PDF | 2.93MB]

 

HEPATITIS B - CHRONIC

Adults (Chronic Hepatitis B)

Percent of reported cases of chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection, 2015
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Black / White Ratio
10.5%
13.3%
0.8

Source: CDC 2017. Viral Hepatitis Surveillance - United States, 2015. Table 3.4.
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Statistics/2015Surveillance/index.htm

Death Rate (Hepatitis B)

Rate per 100,000 of Hepatitis-B-Related Deaths, 2015
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
0.78
0.30
2.6

Source:  CDC 2017. Viral Hepatitis Surveillance - United States, 2015. Table 3.5.
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Statistics/2015Surveillance/index.htm

Immunization of Adults (Hepatitis B):

Percentage of adults ages 19-49 years, high risk groups, who ever received 3 or more doses of the hepatitis B vaccination, 2015
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
29.4%
34.9%
0.8

Source: CDC 2017. Surveillance of Vaccination Coverage Among Adult Populations — United States, 2015. Table 1
http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/ss/ss6611a1.htm

Immunization of Adolescents (Hepatitis B):

Percentage of adolescents aged 13-17 years who ever received 3 or more doses of the hepatitis B vaccination, 2016
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
92.3%
92.4%
1.0

Source: CDC 2017. Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2016. Supplementary Table 1..
https://stacks.cdc.gov/view/cdc/47510

Immunization of Children (Hepatitis B):

Percentage of children aged 19 to 35 months who received the universally recommended vaccination - 3 doses hepatitis B (hep B) vaccine, 2015
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black/ Non-Hispanic White Ratio
93.2%
92.0%
1.0

Source: CDC 2016. Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2015. Table 2.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6539a4.pdf [221.37KB]

HEPATITIS C - ACUTE

Hepatitis C, Acute (Cases per 100,000 population), 2015
Black
White
Black / White Ratio
0.27
0.77
0.4

Source: CDC, 2017. Summary of Notifiable Diseases - United States, 2014. MMWR 2016; v. 64, no. 53. Table 6.
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/64/wr/pdfs/mm6453.pdf [PDF | 2.93MB]

HEPATITIS C - CHRONIC

Adults (Chronic Hepatitis C)

Percent of reported cases, past or present, of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, 2015
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Black / White Ratio
6.5%
35.5%
0.2

Source: CDC, 2017. Viral Hepatitis Surveillance - United States, 2015. Table 4.4.
http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/Statistics/2015Surveillance/index.htm

Death Rate (Hepatitis C)

Rate per 100,000 of Hepatitis-C-Related Deaths, 2015
Non-Hispanic Black
Non-Hispanic White
Non-Hispanic Black / Non-Hispanic White Ratio
8.14
4.38
1.9

Source:  CDC 2017. Viral Hepatitis Surveillance - United States, 2015. Table 4.5.
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