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Hepatitis cases responsible for 93% of prison disease reports

Health and justice annual report sheds light on prison health and inequalities.

New figures from Public Health England (PHE) reveal hepatitis B and C cases accounted for 1,174 of 1,268 infectious diseases reported in English prisons during 2014.

The number of single reports of infectious diseases made to PHE has more than doubled since 2011 (549 reports). The increase in reports reflects significant improvements in testing for hepatitis and other blood borne viruses (BBV) in prisons, which in a major change is moving from an opt-in to an opt-out policy to help reduce transmissions.