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Hepatitis C virus. Computer illustration of a hepatitis C virus (HCV) which infects the liver, causing inflammation. Its lipoprotein envelope (blue) and its genetic material (RNA or ribonucleic acid, yellow) is seen. The envelope is covered in glycoproteins (small blue circles). Hepatitis C is transmitted by contact with infected blood, for example through sexual intercourse or by a blood transfusion. Symptoms include headache, fever, weakness and jaundice.
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