U.K.: Funding for development of new strategies to treat and prevent Hepatitis C virus

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is a major global pathogen with more than 160 million people worldwide are chronically infected by the disease. Left untreated HCV will progress to severe liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer. HCV-related deaths worldwide annually exceed 350,000, comparable to AIDS, TB and malaria. In high-income countries HCV accounts for substantially more deaths than all three of these diseases combined, and is the most common reason for li