Louisiana Department of Health, Walmart to provide free hepatitis screenings

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CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 15: The Walmart logo is displayed on a shopping cart at a Walmart store on August 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, reported a surprise decline in second-quarter same-store sales today. The retailer also cut its revenue and profit forecasts for the fiscal year. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Louisiana Department of Health will partner with Walmart to provide free Hepatitis screenings at 10 Walmart locations each Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Dec. 11 to Feb. 1.

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The Denham Springs and Livingston Walmarts are two of the stores participating in the screenings.

Louisiana Department of Health Communications Director Robert Johannessen wrote that the purpose of the initiative is to detect hepatitis C, and screening is the first step in eliminating the disease, which kills more people annually in the U.S. than the other 60 reportable infectious diseases combined.

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