The federal government is asking states to conduct new blood tests for Hepatesis C to determine whether someone has the virus.
The move by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comes as states grapple with an increase in infections among adults and people with pre-existing conditions.
The agency said Tuesday that it is “making an additional effort to educate consumers about the importance of testing.”
The new blood test would help the CDC and states track the numbers of new cases of Hepatitus C. The new rule applies to people with Hepatititis C who are 18 or older and have a current Hepatococcus infection.
Under the old rules, a person with the virus was considered at risk for infection unless they had a history of not getting tested for the disease.
In addition to testing, the new rules would require people who test positive for Hep C to have blood taken and have the test taken again within 30 days.
A number of states have also begun requiring people who have been diagnosed with the Hepatitic virus to get a blood test.
More: States are also taking the time to test for the virus themselves, according to the CDC.
In the meantime, states are also testing drivers for Hepacism, which causes fatigue and difficulty walking.
A state may require that drivers test for Hep A or Hep B, but the tests are not mandatory.
Some states have been more stringent about tests.
In some states, drivers must be tested for Hep at least once a month, according the CDC, but they are also required to have a blood draw and have their Hep C test taken.
Another federal rule could be introduced soon that will require blood tests if people who live with people with a severe medical condition.
The new rule, which is expected to take effect in 2020, would require state health departments to test people for Hep as a condition of their state’s health care plan.