The CDC also cited two separate reports, one of which that states only three states had comprehensive laws providing full access to Hepatitis C preventive and treatment services for persons who inject drugs.
Hepatitis C leads to liver cancer.
The study joins other evidence pointing to the devastating effects of opioid abuse on hepatitis C rates. The issue is getting them diagnosed, getting them interested in treatment, and getting insurance to pay, he said. At current prices, her state's Medicaid program can only afford to treat about 300 patients a year.
"We have a cure for this disease and the tools to prevent new infections", he said in a statement accompanying the research.
"Women need treatment and they can't get treatment during pregnancy", Patrick said. Among those cases, young teens, aged 20 to 29 years old and using IV drugs, have the highest rate of infection.
A 2015 survey of 77 needle exchange participants in the county found that 74 percent said they use heroin and 22 percent reported methamphetamine use. She's the medical director for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and viral hepatitis at the Tennessee Department of Health.
In particular, the CDC says some of the best ways to combat its spread are ways to boost access to clean needles - such as syringe exchange programs and decriminalization of the possession of paraphernalia. But, he said, "I think there's a broader sense of urgency that's missing".
Another group disproportionately affected is white people living in rural America. The effort to provide more exchanges has stalled in the more populated Campbell, Boone and Kenton counties.
"The hepatitis C epidemic has been on the rise". The HHS kept this in mind for their National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan, 2017-2020, which aims to eliminate all new hepatitis infections, a plan which has been dubbed "feasible if the right steps are taken", in a recent report.
"Actions to reverse these trends must be intensified".
In one West Virginia county, one out of every 50 births involved a woman who tested positive for hepatitis C, Patrick said.
Rates of the viral disease hepatitis C have risen sharply in recent years, almost doubling in pregnant women, according to a new report published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It's baby boomers who are the hardest hit by the disease, however.
Hepatitis C infections present when pregnant women delivered their babies increased 89% during the study period - from 1.8 to 3.4 per 1,000 live births.
"While this study focuses on pregnant women and a high-risk area in Tennessee, it is also important to remember that hundreds of thousands of people throughout the US have hepatitis C, and a large percentage of them do not know it", Jones said in a statement.
"Now we see up to five cases a month", Desmarais said.
State Medicaid budgets are already straining to meet rising health costs and additional enrollees, even in states such as Georgia that didn't expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
"It continues to call for public health approach", Patrick said. "We just can't do it".
Hepatitis C killed about 20,000 Americans in 2015, making it the most fatal infectious disease tracked by the CDC.