SPRINGFIELD, MO - Despite recommendations from health professionals, 75 percent of baby boomers that have hepatitis c don’t even know they have it. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control is suggesting that that generation get tested at least once.

Kendra Findley with the Springfield Greene County Health Department says hep c can be deadly. "Hepatitis C is the leading cause of liver cancer and that’s going to be in someone who has chronic hepatitis c and has had it for years and years," says Findley.

To stop the spread of the virus, Findley recommends avoid sharing shaving razors, home tattooing, and sharing needles. She explains that baby boomers are more at risk for hep c because of the lack of sanitation and awareness between the 1940’s and 60’s.

She says, "Practices weren’t as stringent as they are now for prevention of infection where you could be exposed to blood.”

Symptoms can include fatigue, malaise, and jaundice. If you do test positive, Findley says you can get rid of the virus through medical treatment. "For many years we didn’t have a cure for hep c. There are now pills that can get rid of it," she says. "Now is the time to get tested.”

At the Springfield Greene County Health Department they do a two part testing that costs $75. For more information call the health department at 417-864-1658.