- Almost 20,000 people died of hepatitis C in 2014, an all-time high, CDC says
- Many at risk are baby boomers exposed before the nation's blood supply was screened
- New cases of hepatitis C doubled as well, mostly among young, white drug users
(CNN)Hepatitis C-related deaths reached an all-time high in 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday, surpassing total combined deaths from 60 other infectious diseases including HIV, pneumococcal disease and tuberculosis. The increase occurred despite recent advances in medications that can cure most infections within three months.