This Monday, the Nobel Prize for Medicine was awarded to 3 scientists for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. Hepatitis C is one of the most difficult viruses to treat and can stay with the victim for life if not treated in time. Before its discovery it was impossible to detect it and therefore to treat it. One could only treat the symptoms, which could become a lifelong treatment in the patient. To give you an idea of the nightmare this virus is causing worldwide, here are some facts about this virus. What you need to know about hepatitis C The following facts are all taken from the WHO website. You will have all the details concerning the virus by following the link www.who.int. The following is an excerpt of facts about the hepatitis C virus from the site: Hepatitis C is a liver disease caused by a virus. Hepatitis C is a major cause of liver cancer. The virus is mainly transmitted by blood: an example of a common mode of transmission is transmission through injection drug use. (Generally drug addicts share the same syringes without disinfecting them). There are also blood transfusions that have not been screened. Worldwide, it is estimated that there are 71 million people with hepatitis C. There is currently no effective vaccine against hepatitis C... At least until now. The Nobel Prize This Monday, 3 scientists won the Nobel Prize for Medicine this year 2020 for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus. This discovery allowed the development of tests to prevent the spread of the virus. Many drugs have been created to save millions of lives according to the Nobel Committee. The 3 scientists who will share the Nobel Prize with the envelope of 10 million Swedish crowns (about 615.450.000 CFA francs) are: Harvey Alter of the National Institutes of Health Michael Houghton who is currently at the University of Alberta in Canada and Charles Rice who is at Rockefeller University in New York. Excerpt from Nobel Committee statement In a statement, the Nobel Committee said: "For the first time in history, the disease can now be cured, raising hopes of eradicating the hepatitis C virus from world population" "Before their work, the discovery of the hepatitis A and B viruses had been a decisive step forward, but the majority of cases of hematogenous hepatitis remained unexplained", "The discovery of the hepatitis virus C revealed the cause of other cases of chronic hepatitis and made possible blood tests and new drugs that have saved millions of lives," Conclusion You may also like to discover Obeying orders reduces empathy according to a scientific study and Health: Lack of sleep kills.