Is ''Hepatitis C'' Recognized As An Occupational Disease In Pennsylvania ?
In Sun Home Health Visiting Nurses v. Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Noguchi), 815 A.2d 1156, 1160 (Pa. Cmwlth. 2003), the Court reiterated that hepatitis C has been recognized as an occupational disease since 1972 when Section 108(m) added "infectious hepatitis" to the list of occupational diseases.
The Court rejected the employer's argument that because hepatitis C was not even identified or named until 1989, it was not one of the "infectious hepatitis" viruses covered in Section 108(m).
Further, the Court found that the 2001 amendment, which used the term hepatitis C for the first time, merely clarified what had been the law since 1972.