LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- This month has been dedicated to raise awareness of an infection that can easily be overlooked.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month.
The viral infection can go years without being detected because it can be asymptomatic meaning you don't feel sick.
Although there is Hepatitis A, B and C, the director of the city health department says there is a large number of Laredoans affected by Hepatitis C.
He encourages a specific group of people get tested.
The CDC recommends anyone born between 1945 to 1965 get tested for Hepatitis C.
While Hepatitis C could be fatal, there is treatment but the sooner it is diagnosed, the better.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that over 4.4 million Americans have at least one type of hepatitis of the three.